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German Climate Neutrality Plans Falling Short

Emergency plans to get Germany’s transport and building sectors on track for carbon neutrality by 2045 are insufficient to achieve their targets, according to the country’s expert Climate Council. Last year, Germany’s supreme court had ruled that “inadequate” climate protection “violated the constitutional rights of younger generations”. According to the council, the emergency plans for the transport sector only will save 14 megatonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, leaving a compliance gap of 261 megatonnes by 2030. The focus of the transport ministry’s emergency plan was on bicycle infrastructure, expanding electric vehicle charging infrastructure, and making public transport “more attractive”. The building sector is only doing marginally better with catching up on emissions reduction seeing it miss all targets until at least 2028, although dramatic reductions could see the sector reach its 2030 target. Robert Habeck, Germany’s Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection, said: “We have a duty to adopt the emergency climate protection programme before the end of September. All sectors must make their contribution, otherwise we will not achieve the climate targets.” 

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