According to a current draft report, Germany is clearly missing its climate targets for 2030 and 2040.
Berlin – This emerges from the “Projection Report 2021”, which is currently still being coordinated by departments and which the Federal Environment Ministry made public on Thursday in response to a media report. The “Handelsblatt” initially reported on the draft, which the German government will soon have to submit to the European Commission in accordance with EU requirements.
For the total greenhouse gas emissions, this results in “a reduction of 49 percent in the period from 1990 to 2030, and a reduction of 67 percent by 2040”, according to the draft. According to the Climate Protection Act, which was renewed a few weeks ago, greenhouse gas emissions would have to fall by 65 percent by 2030 and by 88 percent by 2040. However, the report only takes into account the climate protection measures taken by the end of August 2020.
The Federal Environment Ministry emphasized in a statement that the meaningfulness of the content was “very limited”. Since the end of August 2020, “so much has happened in terms of climate protection that the projection report can be viewed as out of date with a view to 2030,” said the ministry. For example, the report does not take into account the measures that the federal government passed this summer with the “Climate Pact”. Adjustments to the emissions in the building sector, the recovery after the pandemic and the “rapidly increased” emissions certificate price are not part of the calculation. The climate package adopted by the EU Commission in mid-July is also not included in the considerations.
According to the projection report, the installed wind power capacity on land will have increased from currently around 54 gigawatts (GW) to 71 GW in 2030, and the installed photovoltaic capacity from currently 54 GW to 100 gigawatts. This also corresponds to the expansion targets currently set by the federal government for 2030. The coalition has not set any higher expansion targets for renewable energies beyond 2022, despite the increased climate targets. (dpa)