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19 Sep 2019, 13:23
Freja Eriksen

Climate change and biodiversity most pressing issues – German environment ministry report

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In its 2019 environmental report, the German environment ministry identifies climate change and biodiversity conservation as two of the "most pressing challenges of our time." The report also focuses on sustainable mobility, stressing that transport accounts for almost a third of Germany's final energy consumption and almost a fifth of the country's greenhouse gas emissions, and that the sector is far from living up to the national climate targets. The building blocks for a mobility shift towards greater sustainability are "more bicycle traffic, car-sharing, intelligent roads," reads the report.

The report outlines environmental developments in Germany and the federal government's environmental initiatives over the last four years. It highlights how Germany, whose greenhouse gas emissions in 2017 amounted to 905 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent, will "probably not" achieve its 2020 target of reducing emissions by 40 percent compared to 1990 levels.

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