Germany “coal-black sheep” of international community in climate protection - opinion
Germany has long ceased to be an “exemplary student” in climate protection and turned into a “coal-black sheep” of the international community, writes Konrad Schuller in the Sunday edition of conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. An ambitious plan by the coal exit commission by the end of the year would be the country’s chance to catch up, writes Schuller. However, the grand coalition government has given the task force guidelines, which indicate there is little chance of this happening, he adds. “For example, CO₂ emissions from the energy sector are expected to decrease by only 61 to 62 percent by 2030. That is too little and too late,” writes Schuller.
Read the opinion piece (behind paywall) in German here.
For background, read the CLEW article Commission watch – Managing Germany’s coal phase-out and the factsheet Germany’s Climate Action Plan 2050.