17 Jul 2023, 13:50
Julian Wettengel

Government report shows Germany set to miss 2045 climate neutrality target – media

Der Spiegel

A draft report commissioned by the German government shows that the country’s current and planned climate policies are not enough to reach the official target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045, according to a report published by Der Spiegel. The projections report, in which leading research institutions calculated scenarios for future emissions development, showed that, even in a best-case scenario, Germany would still have net emissions of 160 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year by 2045, writes Der Spiegel. The draft must still be agreed by the government cabinet, which was originally scheduled for publication in March.

Germany is aiming for climate neutrality by 2045, meaning that remaining greenhouse gas emissions will need to be cancelled out. This can be done by removing the same amount through natural sinks like forests or technical removal, such as directly capturing CO2 out of the air and storing it underground. The government published a first preview of the projections for the years up until 2030 when it presented its new climate action package in June. The data showed that even if these measures were to be successfully implemented, Germany would still emit a total of 200 million tonnes of CO2 more than planned until the end of the decade.

The projections report is meant to provide an assessment of the impact of climate action measures on greenhouse gas emissions in the future. The last report was published in 2021. The report will accrue further importance once German lawmakers decide a planned reform of the country’s climate action law, likely later this year. In the future, the government will have to present a climate action policy package, if – for two years in a row – the projections show the country off track to reaching targets.

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