Germany's new govt promises to put Europe's biggest economy on 1.5°C path
- Germany's new climate 'super minister' Habeck must ignite energy transition booster
- Green Party proposes ministers for their departments after quarrel over agriculture
- New German government aims for coal exit in 2030 in bid to get on 1.5 degree path
- Next German government's key climate and energy plans in 2021 coalition treaty
- The design of Germany's new govt: A climate “super ministry” for the Greens
- Reactions to climate and energy plans of Germany's next government
Germany's new climate 'super minister' Habeck must ignite energy transition booster
As Germany's first climate "super minister", Green politician Robert Habeck will play a key role in fulfilling the future government's promise to get the country on a path compatible with the 1.5°C global warming limit. The widely popular party co-leader must oversee the translation of the government's lofty emission-cutting ambitions into concrete energy and climate policies. As a gifted communicator and moderator, the 52-year-old can draw from his experience as an energy transition minister in one of Germany's most important wind power states. But mighty challenges await.
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Following the publication of the coalition treaty, the Green Party has named its future ministers who will be in charge of the foreign office, the “super ministry" for economy and climate, the environment department, and the food and agriculture ministry. The appointments are pending a party member online poll. Climate minister and co-party leader Robert Habeck will double as the vice chancellor whilst co-leader Annalena Baerbock will be Germany’s new foreign minister. Although historically leaning towards the conservative CDU-CSU union, a German farming association embraced the new agriculture minister Cem Özdemir as a “political heavyweight” from whom much will be expected to make farming more sustainable. The same party being in charge of the agriculture ministry and the environment ministry could put an end to the traditional in-fighting between the two departments, a former agriculture minister hopes. Read the article here.
New German government aims for coal exit in 2030 in bid to get on 1.5 degree path
The three parties planning to form the new German government have agreed on a coalition treaty that includes pulling forward the country's coal exit, "ideally" to 2030 from 2038, and rapidly speeding up the lagging rollout of renewables. The treaty crafted by the so-called "traffic light coalition" formed by the Social Democrats (SPD), the Green Party, and the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP), has to deliver on the parties' key climate policy promise to get the country on an emissions reduction path compatible with the 1.5°C-degree global warming limit of the Paris Agreement.
Next German government's key climate and energy plans in 2021 coalition treaty
Two months after the general election in Germany, the prospective government parties have agreed on a coalition treaty that is to guide their policies in the next four years. Entitled "Daring more progress - Alliance for Freedom, Justice and Sustainability," the coalition agreement between Social Democrats (SPD), Green Party, and Free Democrats (FDP) has a strong climate and energy focus, detailing steps such as a coal phase out "ideally" by 2030, and a massive expansion of renewable energies. This factsheet gives a first overview of the coalition agreement's key climate and energy points and will be updated with more detail later.Read the factsheet here.
The design of Germany's new govt: A climate “super ministry” for the Greens
Germany's future government parties have agreed on how to split up the ministries between them. While the Social Democrats (SPD) will field Olaf Scholz as successor to Angela Merkel in the chancellery, the Greens will take over a newly tailored economy and climate ministry, and the pro-business Freed Democrats (FDP) will run the country's powerful finance ministry. This factsheet provides an overview of the new government make-up and will be updated as soon as new details emerge on the cast of characters that will shape German energy and climate policy.
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Reactions to climate and energy plans of Germany's next government
The three "traffic light coalition" parties have agreed to form Germany's next government and tabled a coalition treaty that they promise will put the country on a path compatible with Paris Climate Agreement's target to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. This article provides an overview of different stakeholders' reactions to the climate and energy aspects of the treaty.