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Study: Germany threatens to miss the 2030 climate target

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BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – According to calculations by the Agora Energiewende think tank, Germany runs the risk of missing its climate target for 2030. The new federal government urgently needs to close the “implementation gap” with effective climate protection measures, demanded Simon Müller, Germany director at Agora and one of the study authors. The paper with the title “The energy transition in Germany: State of affairs 2021” is available to the German Press Agency.

According to preliminary Agora calculations, the emission of climate-damaging gases last year amounted to 772 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2). As usual, this includes other greenhouse gases, which have been converted into CO2 for better comparability. This means a significant increase of 33 million tons compared to 2020, when the German economy weakened on the one hand due to the Corona crisis and on the other hand generated a lot of electricity from wind energy due to favorable weather conditions. In addition, there were particularly cold months at the beginning of 2021.

But even beyond such one-off effects, Germany is moving away from the path of CO2 savings that would be necessary on average per year to achieve the federal government’s climate target for 2030, criticize the Agora experts. By then, according to the Climate Protection Act, greenhouse gas emissions should be 65 percent lower than in 1990. “Due to the increase in emissions in 2021, we will have to save an average of 37 million tons of CO2 every year from now on in order to meet the 2030 target,” said Müller. / Hrz / DP / jha

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