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17 Aug 2018

All ministries must present steps towards climate goals by end of 2018 – environment minister

Tagesspiegel Background

Each federal ministry must come up with a plan to help achieve the country’s 2030 climate goals by the end of 2018, Environment Minister Svenja Schulze writes in a guest article for Tagesspiegel Background. The federal government’s climate protection law, to be adopted next year, will “clearly” set out how much carbon can be emitted, both on an annual basis and by economic sector. "Any ministry that does not fulfil its duties must be responsible for the financial consequences. I will no longer accept inadequate measures that clearly undermine the targets,” she writes. Referring to friction between the ministries involved in climate action, the minister writes that “tactical games are irresponsible" and climate protection is everyone's responsibility.

Find the article (behind paywall) in German here.

For background, read the article Germany on track to widely miss 2020 climate target – government.

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