She said we should talk about CO2

Greta Thunberg: Zero emissions dates don't save the climate

Thunberg: Policies to phase out coal are not enough to save the climate.


Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg said target dates for things like phasing out coal are not enough to save the climate, referring to one of Germany's historic climate policies.

"We can't just talk about dates, a history of phasing out fossil fuels, a history of coal, and so on," Thunberg added in an interview with the German news agency (dpa).

We have to talk about carbon dioxide, we have to talk about carbon budgets.”

"Because if we continue to work as we do now, we're running out of our carbon dioxide budget before the dates we've announced," she said. "It's about thinking holistically."

Germany's new coalition government, led by Social Democratic Chancellor Olaf Scholz and largely backed by the Greens, has pledged to bring forward the country's target date for closing the coal industry to 2030. The plan is to focus on other energy sources, such as renewables and gas-fired power plants. , which is newly built.

When the German Coal Commission first set the target date in 2019, it was less ambitious when it targeted it as 2038. At the time, Thunberg called this "absurd."

• If we continue to operate as we do now, we are running out of our CO2 budget before our announced dates.

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