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Germany will make sectoral emission reduction targets less stringent

The German coalition government has agreed to make the climate protection law more flexible, allowing higher emissions for some sectors as long as the national CO2 limits are not exceeded. In addition, the new law will oblige the country to detail climate protection measures for the 2030-2040 period. Under current regulations, the law prescribes annual emissions budgets, i.e. how much GHG each sector (energy, industry, transport, buildings, agriculture, waste, and others) can emit each year over 2020-2030. If any sector failed to meet its target, the government will be forced to implement emergency measures to realign them with their goals. The Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport threatened to impose a ban on driving on weekends to abide by the current rules. 

In 2021, Germany updated its climate goals from the Federal Climate Change Act with a revised goal of a 65% cut in GHG emissions by 2030 compared with 1990 (up from 55% in the NECP) and an 88% cut by 2040.

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