EMISSIONS CUTS

Germany to Miss Climate Change Targets

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Was it all a bunch of hot air?
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    If a green-energy leader like Germany misses its emissions targets, other countries might follow suit and slack off on their targets too, undermining the Paris climate accord.

  • Facts

    Facts

    • By 2020, Germany will reduce carbon emissions by 32 percent, eight percent less than the target set by Berlin.
    • By 2050, Germany will reduce carbon emissions by 58 percent, far short of the goal to cut emissions by 95 percent.
    • If the energy transition isn’t accelerated, fossil fuels will make up 70 to 75 percent of the energy system in 2050, according to the Renewable Energy Federation.
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Germany is in the middle of a high profile, ambitious energy transition plan, but the country will still fall far short of its carbon reduction targets, according to the Renewable Energy Federation.

In a new study obtained by Handelsblatt, the federation reports that by 2020, Germany will have reduced its carbon emissions by 32 percent, eight percent short of the target set by Berlin. Even more troubling, Europe’s largest economy will have cut its emissions 58 percent by 2050, not nearly enough to comply with the Paris climate accord.

Under the Paris accord, 195 nations agreed to keep global warming under two degrees Celsius. To achieve this goal, carbon emissions must be cut 95 percent by 2050, according to the study.

“The agreement was bought by agreeing to forgo binding goals,” Hubertus Bardt, managing director of the Cologne Institute of Economic Research, told Handelsblatt. “As a consequence, the momentum that everyone is hoping for won’t emerge.”

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