While Donald Trump tries to find quick ways to withdraw the country from the Paris climate agreement, Germany’s coalition government managed to reach an agreement on a climate change action plan.
The new plan to tackle climate change involves a reduction of the Co2 emissions by 80 up to 95% by the year 2050.
To reach the goal, the German industry will have to reduce its CO2 emissions by 20% by 2030, and Germany’s energy sector will have to reduce its CO2 emissions by almost 50% by 2018, when the effect of these reductions will be reviewed to check their impact on jobs and society.
If needed, the target of the reductions might be adjusted in 2018.
The Conservative party in Germany along with the Social Democrat leader and deputy chancellor Sigmar Gabriel were against the CO2 reductions, expressing concerns that a reduction of the brown coal use, which produces the highest level of CO2 emissions per ton when burned, can lead to large-scale job losses in the affected areas of the country.
The German power plants received lower reduction targets, and the call for introducing a minimum price for pollution certificates in the EU’s carbon trading scheme was also delayed, maybe for another date.
Sigmar Gabriel, which is also the economic minister in Germany, stated on Friday that the new climate plan that was agreed represents “a very good and well-balanced solution” because it manages to combine the fight against climate change with the protection of industrial jobs even in the sensitive sectors of energy.
He also added that other countries will follow the footsteps made by the ambitious climate policy in Germany.
Ulrich Grillo, the president of the BDI (the Association of the German Industry) is against the climate plan, saying that the German climate policy can set the standard around the world only if it is manageable for businesses in order to allow them to remain competitive.
A spokesman for Greenpeace International (climate expert Karsten Smid) welcomed Germany’s climate plan, saying that by halving the emissions in the energy sector the government will effectively phase-out the emissions released by the coal industry and will lead to the end of the combustion engine era.
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