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'By implementing the measures set out in the Climate Action Programme, we can achieve 95 per cent of the emissions reduction target we have set ourselves for 1990 to 2030. With an estimated emissions reduction of 52 per cent compared to 1990 levels, we are in the top group in an international comparison.'
Peter Altmaier, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, speaking mid March about the results of the export report of the Climate Action Programme.
Climate Action Programme brings Germany within reach of its climate target for 2030 (in German only)
A recent expert report has concluded that by following its Climate Action Programme 2030, Germany will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 52 per cent by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. The report, which examined the effects of the measures in Germany's climate package on climate change mitigation, was conducted by Prognos AG on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. According to the findings, without its Climate Action Programme, Germany would only be able to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 41 per cent by 2030. All of this means that the measures adopted to date will already enable Germany to come very close to meeting its climate target reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 per cent by 2030. According to the estimates, the energy industry will make a particularly large contribution to reducing emissions. Prognos expects emissions from the energy industry to fall to 183 million tonnes by 2030. This would be a reduction of 61 per cent compared to 1990 levels.
Due to the current restrictions linked to the new coronavirus (COVID-19), many events on relating to the energy transition have been cancelled throughout Germany and internationally. Among them is the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD) mentioned in the February issue. Further information can be found on the BETD website.