Think tanks table key point plan for German climate cabinet

(EurActiv, 15 May 2019) Two prominent think tanks in Germany presented a plan to help the country reach its EU climate targets for 2030. They serve as concrete proposals for Germany’s recently implemented climate cabinet, which is set to table its draft climate protection law by the summer. EURACTIV Germany reports.

The 15-point proposal, presented in Berlin on Monday (15 May), is intended for the German climate protection law, which the Federal Government aims to adopt by the end of the year. It was submitted by think tanks Agora Energiewende (energy transition) and Agora Verkehrswende (transport transition).

Key highlights include a carbon price for heating oil, natural gas and fuels, as well as far-reaching investments in the transport sector and renewable energies.

By the end of this month, various ministers will propose their own measures to implement German climate targets for 2030 as part of the planned law. This timeline was agreed by the climate cabinet, created by Chancellor Angela Merkel earlier this year, which brings together ministers with key responsibilities touching climate issues.

According to the two think tanks, their proposal contains measures that can be implemented swiftly, before the end of the year.

“This year, it will be decided whether Germany can achieve its legally binding climate targets for 2030. To achieve this, Germany must reduce its emissions by 25 million tonnes of CO2 per year,” said Patrick Graichen, director of Agora Energiewende.

Germany’s average carbon reduction currently hovers around 10 million tons of CO2 per year, meaning it must double its efforts to reach that goal.

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