This week the country’s reputation as a climate leader looks set to take its biggest battering yet with the latest round of coalition talks could see 2020 emissions targets ditched. Reports last autumn confirmed what has been an open secret in climate circles for sometime: Germany is set to miss its 2020 goals, and by an even wider margin than previously feared. it is important to remember that any reports of the demise of German climate policy would be grossly exaggerated. Assuming the Reuters’ reports prove to be accurate – and they are based on sources briefing a preliminary agreement that is still yet to be finalised – the 2020 target will not be scrapped altogether, but rather deferred until the ‘early 2020s’. In addition, both the CDU and SPD are said to be fully committed to meeting the government’s longer term target to cut emissions 55 per cent on 1990 levels by 2030. Deep decarbonisation of the economy remains a non-negotiable in German politics. More important still, the putative plan would seek to do something about the reason the 2020 targets are to be missed. Reuters reports that the parties have not only agreed to a new target to increase renewables share of the energy mix from around a third currently to 65 per cent by 2030, they have also jointly backed an existing plan to appoint a commission to bring forward proposals to drastically reduce reliance on unabated coal power.
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