Habeck on climate protection: “Previous measures are inadequate”

Status: 11.01.2022 12:04 p.m.

Economics Minister Habeck has taken stock of climate protection – it is sobering: Germany will miss its goals. Now Habeck wants to pick up the pace – the efforts should be tripled.

According to Economics and Climate Protection Minister Robert Habeck, Germany will not achieve its climate targets for 2030 unless countermeasures are taken. Instead of a planned CO2 reduction of 65 percent, it will only be enough to reduce it by 50 percent, said the Green politician. “The previous climate protection measures are inadequate in all sectors.” You start with a drastic lag. For the years 2022 and 2023 it is foreseeable that the climate targets will be missed. The task of achieving the goals by 2030 is “gigantic”.

2020 goals only met due to Corona

In the case of CO2 emissions, special effects made it possible to meet the reduction target of 40 percent in the Corona year 2020. Last year, however, this effect no longer existed. Habeck anticipated “an increase in emissions of four percent” for 2021. The trend is going “in the wrong direction,” he said. This is “depressing”.

Germany has set itself the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 65 percent by 2030 – compared to 1990 levels. By 2045 Germany should then become climate neutral.

Triple the pace of climate protection

For this reason, Habeck now wants to almost triple the pace of reducing climate-damaging emissions. “While emissions have decreased by an average of 15 million tons a year over the past decade, they must decrease by 36 to 41 million tons a year from now until 2030,” said the minister. Germany must become “more efficient and faster” in the fight against climate change, and the expansion of wind and solar energy is to be intensified.

Habeck intends to launch a first climate protection package by the end of April, and a second in summer. They are intended to help Germany increase the share of renewable energies to 80 percent by 2030 and become climate neutral by 2045. “All of this is a mammoth task. And it will be a few years before we see any success,” said Habeck.


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