Germany expected to miss its 2030 GHG emissions reduction target

23 Oct 2020

According to the German Environment Agency (UBA), Germany will not meet its climate targets for 2030. The country is forecast to achieve a 51% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030 compared to 1990, reducing GHG emissions to less than 614 MtCO2eq in 2030, but missing by 70.7 MtCO2eq the target laid down in the Federal Climate Change Act (a 55% reduction to 543 MtCO2eq). The gaps to meeting the target amount to 33 Mt CO2eq in the transport sector, 17 MtCO2eq in the building sector and 11 MtCO2eq in the energy sector. Despite the introduction of carbon pricing in the heating and transport sector by the Fuel Emission Trading Act (BEHG) as of 2021, the climate protection measures adopted in the transport and building sectors will not be enough to meet their respective targets. The Federal Climate Change Act aims at a 55% cut in GHG emissions by 2030 compared with 1990 and prescribes how much CO2 each sector (energy, industry, transport, buildings, agriculture, waste, and others) can emit each year between 2020 and 2030.

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