Merkel sends first strong message for climate neutrality by 2050

(EurActiv, 14 May 2019) Chancellor Angela Merkel has indicated for the first time that Germany may join a European alliance to achieve greenhouse gas neutrality by 2050. At a recent EU summit, Germany was unwilling to join a similar initiative by nine EU member states. EURACTIV Germany reports.

On the second day of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin, Merkel showed for the first time an uncompromising tone about the EU’s proposed climate neutrality objective for 2050.

“The discussion is not about whether, but how we can achieve this goal,” the German Chancellor said.

Germany’s climate cabinet, recently set up by Merkel, is currently discussing pathways to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. It is working hard on having its proposals ready before the UN summit in New York on 23 September.

“If a reasonable answer can be found, we can join the initiative of nine other EU member states. I wish we could do this,” Merkel said.

Germany’s climate protection strategy should be ready by the end of the year

So far, Germany has set itself the goal of reducing greenhouse gases by 80 to 95% by 2050 compared to 2005 levels.

In November 2018, the European Commission presented a strategy to achieve climate-neutrality in the EU by 2050.

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