A Green party spokeswoman, Nicola Kabel, said the new government’s plan was supported by “concrete steps” that would put it on a path to meet the Paris goal.
The German government’s plans for curbing greenhouse gas emissions are insufficient to put Germany on course to meet the goals of the 2015 Paris climate accord, raising new doubts about whether the world will be able to avert a climate disaster in the next decades, according to the new study.
Claudia Kemfert, one of the authors of the study, said the plans unveiled so far showed a “clear improvement on previous policies,” including by setting a target of meeting 80% of Germany’s electricity needs from renewable sources by 2030 and making it possible to end coal use by that date, the AP reports.
To reduce emissions sufficiently to put Germany on a trajectory to meet the Paris goal of capping global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 F) by the end of the century, the share of renewables would need to be 95%, she said.
The study found that in other areas, such as transport, building and agriculture, the new government would have to set significantly higher targets than it has currently proposed.
The environmentalist Greens will take charge of a combined climate and economy ministry, as well as the environment and agriculture ministries, giving them significant leverage. But the new government has made clear it won’t impose a general speed limit on highways, which experts say would help reduce emissions.
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