Study: New German government’s plans fail to meet climate target

BERLIN (AP) – Analysis by a research institute concluded that the new German government’s plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are insufficient to put Germany on track to meet the targets of the Paris climate agreement of 2015.

The German Institute for Economic Research’s study released on Friday was conducted by prominent economists and commissioned by 140 civil society organizations, from labor unions to environmental groups and religious organizations.

They found that while the new center-left government’s proposals to reduce greenhouse gases are the most ambitious in the country to date, they fail across sectors.

A tripartite coalition government made up of the Social Democrats, Greens and Free Democrats is expected to take office next week, with Chancellor Angela Merkel resigning after 16 years.

Claudia Kemfert, one of the study’s authors, said the plans unveiled so far showed a “marked improvement over previous policies,” including setting a target of meeting 80 percent of the city’s electricity needs. ‘Germany from renewable sources by 2030 and allowing to end the use of coal by that date.

But to reduce emissions enough to put Germany on a path to meet the Paris target of capping global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 F) by the end of the century, the share renewable energy should be 95%, she said.

The study found that in other areas, such as transport, construction and agriculture, the new government is expected to set significantly higher targets than it is currently proposing.

Green ecologists will support a combined ministry of climate and economy, as well as ministries of environment and agriculture, giving them significant leverage. But the new government has made it clear that it will not impose general speed limits on highways, which experts say will help reduce emissions.


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