German Climate Plan Puts Emphasis On CO2; Targets sectors

By Czarina Ara Lasco

Nov 08, 2016 06:00 AM EST

In an interview with Reuters, senior government officials said that most ministers had already voted in favour of the new plan while a veto by the remaining ministers was improbable. According to the interviewees, the cabinet was expected to approve the said Climate Action Plan on Wednesday.

Based on the structure of the plan, it shows how Europe's biggest economy will retreat from fossil fuels and attain its goal of lessening CO2 emissions by 95 percent by 2050.

The said plan is based on undertakings vowed as part of a global climate treaty clinched in Paris last December.

The Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks could present Germany's Climate Action Plan, once approved by the cabinet, in the succeeding talks in Morocco next week in connection with the global climate.

According also to the draft of the plan, the government calls for the "introduction of a minimum price" for the certificates in order to make the European Union's carbon trading system more useful.

In the latest draft, the energy sector is expected to cut its CO2 emissions by 170-180 tonnes by 2030 that would mark a cut of 61-64 percent compared to what the sector emanated in 1990.

CO2 emissions from the buildings should be condensed by 70-80 tonnes by means of heat insulation and some other measures that would make up to an approximate reduction of 62-67 percent compared to 1990.

On the other hand, the transport sector might as well lower its CO2 release by 95-98 tonnes, a cut of 40-42 percent, industry by 130-133 tonnes, a decrease of 53-54 percent, and agriculture by 58-61 tonnes, a cut of 31-34 percent.

The German Climate Action Plan 2050 is a climate protection policy document currently under development and slated for cabinet approval in early-November 2016.  The plan outlines measures by which Germany can meet its various national greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals through to 2050. As of September 2016, the document is being finalized by various ministries, with the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) acting as the lead agency. The plan has been progressively watered down since a draft was first leaked in early-May 2016.

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