Germany could incur the costs of missing EU emissions targets

29 August 2023

The German coalition government’s Climate Action Programme 2023 ‘is insufficient to meet 2030 greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets - and overestimates its total potential to lower emissions’, according to the country’s Council of Experts on Climate Change, reports online agency Clean Energy Wire. The government advisors warned on 22 August that Germany is set to miss crucial EU targets in the coming years, which means that it would have to pay for emissions allocations from other member states.

The climate council criticised the government for supplying inconsistent data, and called on policymakers to address new fields of emissions reduction, such as abolishing climate-damaging subsidies. They add that Germany still lacks ‘a cohesive, internally coherent, and consistent plan’ for climate action. A separate report published on the same day by the environment agency laid out details for future emissions projections, and said Germany is off-track to reaching climate neutrality 2045.

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