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Climate goals: Bundestag adopts climate protection law

2019-11-15T10:40:36.449Z

The climate package makes each ministry responsible for saving CO2. Germany is expected to save around 55 percent of greenhouse gases by 2030 compared to 1990 levels.



The Bundestag has passed the Climate Protection Bill presented by the Federal Government. This means that regulations now apply to emissions in different sectors of the economy, such as energy, transport or housing. The relevant ministries should ensure that they are complied with. For the law, the majority of the coalition voted, the opposition factions voted against. Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulz (SPD) called the Climate Protection Act the "heart" of climate closures. Subsequently, further legislation was passed to implement the government's climate protection package.

This is to ensure that Germany saves about 55 percent of greenhouse gases by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. Currently, the Federal Republic lags behind its goals and has only just reached 30 percent.

The opposition criticizes the decisions of the coalition as inadequate. Green parliamentary leader Anton Hofreiter accused the Union and SPD, "to the human task of climate protection failed". Many of the planned measures are "in the best case insufficient" or even counterproductive. Today is therefore "another bad day for climate protection".

"Rip off the citizens" and "climate hysteria"

The left-wing group criticized, the climate package rich "back and forward not enough," said the left-wing MP Lorenz Gösta-Beutin. The climate goals are not so achievable. Among other things, a faster coal exit and a more efficient traffic turnaround were necessary. "We are in the process of squandering the future of our children and of those who come after us," criticized the Left MEP.

FDP faction vice-president Frank Sitta described the climate protection package as "useless for the climate and expensive for the citizens of the country". He criticized that the CO2 price is set so low that it does not develop a steering effect, at the same time the economy is burdensome bureaucracy.

AfD MP Marc Bernhard accused the federal government of "rip-offs of the citizens" and "climate hysteria", which is why the car industry "spoil".

In addition to the Climate Protection Act, the Bundestag will vote on further resolutions in order to achieve its own climate goals.

Source: zeit

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