UCF Global Perspectives


Germany Sets New 2030 Climate Change Goals

Priya Geer, Intern, Environment and Global Climate Change

June 21, 2018

The German Ministry of the Environment announced that it is setting new 2030 greenhouse gas emissions and climate change goals after failing to reach 2020 goals (AP). The previous goal was to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 32% by 2020 (Reuters). Germany’s energy sector met the 2020 goals, but the transport sector did not (Reuters). Transport sector emissions increased by 2.3% last year (Reuters).

The 2030 goal is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 61% through 65% renewable energy-based sources (Reuters). German Politician Svenja Schulze stated, “It’s painful for me to have to tell you that we will miss the targets we’ve set for ourselves for 2020” (AP). Schulze also stated better efforts to create renewable energy sources are needed instead of burning coal (AP). German Chancellor Angela Merkel plans to give a speech on climate policy in Berlin on Tuesday, June 26th, 2018 (Handelsblatt Global).




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