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Climate policy: Federal government defends climate protection package

2019-10-07T09:50:02.843Z

No goals, no climate neutrality? The grand coalition allegedly softens its climate goals. In response to the criticism, the bill was published.



The Federal Government defends the planned climate protection law against criticism. From a "weakening of essential points" could be "no question," said the Federal Ministry for Environment. "The core of the project, which is crucial for climate policy, the ambitious sector targets from 2020 to 2030, is and remains fully effective." Chancellery Minister Helge Braun (CDU) also said that the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement are the standard for the climate protection program of the Federal Government. The Federal Government's program presented a few days ago is better than "what is known today," said Braun in the ZDF morning magazine .

The federal government's climate protection bill complies with the promise it made at the Paris climate negotiations. Germany is also pursuing a more ambitious climate policy than other EU states. "The climate package will set this very national climate target," said Braun. "For the ordinary citizen" the planned measures are "more than enough". In Paris, it was determined that the warming of the atmosphere caused by climate-damaging exhaust gases should be limited to a maximum of 1.5 degrees - compared to pre-industrial times. In addition, you want to be greenhouse gas neutral by the second half of the century at the latest. The cornerstones of the planned Climate Protection Act states that Germany "works" with most of the EU member states. The government also aims to reduce Germany's greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 percent by 2030 compared to 1990 levels.

The ministry has now published the 60-page draft law bill online. Among other things, the law is intended to codify the CO2 reduction targets of the individual sectors and the control mechanism for achieving these goals. It should be decided on Wednesday in the Cabinet.

Apparently, in the internal negotiations, the government had softened the original commitments. The Spiegel and the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported this, but did not state which original draft the media used in their coverage. Based on the key points published by the Ministry (as of 20.9.) And the draft bill for the bill now published, it is not possible to understand the changes in the climate protection targets mentioned in the reports. In the course of negotiations within the government, however, a 200-page long version of the Climate Protection Program also plays a role, as does the Economic and Climate Fund's economic plan - a kind of counterpart to the long version, according to the ministry.

The bill now published states that the goal of greenhouse gas neutrality by 2050 is that the German Chancellor declared "a commitment to be carbon neutral in 2050 at the climate summit in New York in September 2019".

The Greens say the government's tightening of climate protection targets is too slow. They demand a faster increase in the price of CO2 emissions. Chancellery Minister Braun said the coalition was about making it easier for people to move to more climate-friendly energy and not punishing them for their "yesterday's behavior".

To declare a national climate emergency, as demanded by environmentalists, Braun declined: Such a state of emergency is not anchored in the Basic Law and therefore has no signal effect. "Behind this is no concrete action," said Braun.

Source: zeit

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