As Extinction Rebellion protestors chained themselves to bridges in Berlin to demand more ambitious climate action from their government, cabinet members in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government yesterday approved a sweeping new climate package for the country. However, any hopes Merkel may have had that the move would placate the growing numbers of green voters in the country proved short-lived, with activists quickly dismissing the plan as inadequate when it was first presented at the end of last month. Attitudes have not softened since, and speaking yesterday following the cabinet approval Greenpeace said the package “again postpones overdue CO2 reductions by years”. Germany’s €54bn plan centres on a new carbon pricing mechanism designed to help slash emissions by 55 per cent against 1990 levels, by pricing emissions beyond the EU’s emissions trading scheme in areas such as transport and construction. Action will also be taken to cut the cost of train travel and increase the cost of domestic flights, as well as accelerate the roll out of electric vehicles and solar panels. It is all aimed at helping Germany meet its 2030 climate target, which the Cabinet this week agreed to enshrine in law. Germany has also committed to “pursue” net zero emissions by 2050.
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