Germany’s new government is yet to fully harness the potential momentum of climate action

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As the newly elected German government dramatically accelerates the implementation of national climate policy, it needs to take more action to meet its 2030 target, which itself should be stronger to bring emissions to a compatible trajectory of 1, 5°C, according to the Climate Action Tracker’s latest analysis, published today.

However, the government’s reaction to the Russian invasion of Ukraine is also worrying, including a temporary reduction in gasoline and diesel taxes, the increase in help for commuters or the rapid expansion of transport infrastructure. importation of LNG and new LNG supply contracts, which risks locking in fossil fuels.

If Germany implemented all the measures set out in the coalition contract and detailed later, it would be closer to its national emissions target of a 65% reduction below 1990 levels by 2030. But for to “surpass” this target, as the government has promised, and to make a compatible contribution to 1.5°C, more action is needed. The government must now ensure that, in all sectors, the planned and new measures are effectively implemented, to exceed the 2030 targets.

The CAT gave Germany an “Insufficient” overall rating, two CAT ratings below a “1.5 compatible” rating. To be compatible with the Paris Agreement at 1.5˚C, Germany would have to reduce its emissions by at least 69% domestically by 2030 and provide significantly more climate finance to other countries.

“While Germany is taking positive steps to deal with Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine, such as its new renewable energy expansion plans, there are also a number of negatives that are against -productive for climate policy,” said Professor Niklas Höhne of the NewClimate Institute, a CAT Partner Organization. “Energy saving measures are lagging behind.”

Negative examples of recent policy measures in response to the energy crisis are the temporary reduction in agreed petrol and diesel taxes, increased support for commuters and the massive expansion of LNG terminals and proposed gas deals with the Senegal, Qatar and the United States.

In the international space, Chancellor Scholz’s recent suggestion to support fossil gas extraction in Senegal and reverse the decision to stop funding fossil fuel projects abroad was a major step backwards. If this becomes government policy, it would contradict the G7 Minister for Climate, Environment and Energy’s plan to no longer support fossil fuels overseas after 2022, according to the analysis.

“Gas is not a bridge fuel, it is a fossil fuel, and proposed massive new gas developments around the world, including in Senegal and Western Australia, will undermine global efforts to limit global warming. at 1.5°,” said Bill Hare, CEO of Climate Analytics, a CAT partner organization.

“I hope German Chancellor Scholz will withdraw his proposal to support massive LNG development in Senegal. The agreement by G7 environment ministers last weekend – to stop funding fossil fuel projects abroad from the end of this year – is groundbreaking and should not be undermined by any country, especially the host of the G7 this year, Germany.”

“Germany must urgently increase its contribution to global climate finance: instead of funding countries for gas extraction, it should focus fully on making finance available for the transition to renewable energy. This would help keep African fossil fuels in the ground and, according to our recent analysis, create more jobs, in a more sustainable way, also for Senegal,” Hare said.

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