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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Study: New German government plans fall short of climate target NWN News

BERLIN (NWN) – A research institute analysis has concluded that incoming German government plans to curb greenhouse gas emissions are insufficient to prepare Germany to meet the goals of the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

The German Institute for Economic Research study, released Friday, was conducted by leading economists and commissioned by 140 civil society organizations ranging from trade unions to environmental groups and religious organizations.

They found that the new centre-left government’s proposals to reduce greenhouse gases are among the country’s most ambitious, yet they fall short in all sectors.

A three-party coalition government of the Social Democrats, Greens and Free Democrats is expected to take office next week, with Chancellor Angela Merkel stepping down after 16 years.

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Claudia Kemfert, one of the study’s authors, said the plans unveiled so far showed “a clear improvement over previous policies”, setting a goal of meeting 80% of Germany’s electricity needs from renewable sources by 2030. And that includes making it possible. Stop using coal by that date.

But for Germany to meet the Paris goal of capping global warming at 1.5 °C (2.7 F) by the end of the century to sufficiently reduce emissions, the share of renewables would need to be 95%, he said. said.

The study found that in other sectors such as transport, building and agriculture, the new government would have to set significantly higher targets than currently proposed.

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Environmentalist Greens will take charge of a joint climate and economy ministries, as well as environment and agriculture ministries, giving them significant benefits. But the new government has made it clear that it will not impose normal speed limits on highways, which experts say will help reduce emissions.

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