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Germany’s Roadmap To CO2-Neutrality Delayed Amid Industry Objections

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Kerstine Appunn, Clean Energy Wire

Germany’s first roadmap for decarbonisation by the middle of the century has been delayed amid industry fears that tough climate targets would endanger the country’s economic competitiveness and growth.

The Environment Ministry in charge of the plan will now use the summer recess to work on reaching a consensus with the economics department over the plan. The biggest sticking point is over contributions different sectors are to make to reaching Germany’s greenhouse gas reduction targets.

More time is needed to prepare Germany’s first comprehensive strategy to decarbonise the economy by the middle of the century, the Environment Ministry has announced. The “Climate Action Plan 2050″ is the roadmap for government policy in all important economic sectors over the next 30 years, to ensure that Germany fulfils its goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80-95 percent by 2050.

The cabinet was to agree on the plan before the parliamentary summer recess starting on 9 July. The Environment Ministry, which is responsible for the plan will now continue working on it over the summer. […]

Both industry associations and Germany’s state economy ministers have recently demanded time to discuss things further.

Representatives from German industry were particularly critical of the sector targets for 2030. They have lambasted both the consultation process used to shape the Climate Action Plan and the content of the current draft, calling it a “poison list of state-dominated measures” and demanding a “thorough re-write”.

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