Germany likely to miss 2022 climate targets, official says

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A senior German official said in an interview published on Wednesday that Germany is likely to miss its carbon emission reduction targets next year.

“We are probably going to miss our targets for 2022.… Even for 2023 it will be difficult enough. We are starting with a drastic backlog,” German Minister of Economy and Climate Protection Robert Habeck told the newspaper German Die Zeit, Reuters reported.

“2022 will be one of the most exhausting years this ministry has seen in a long time,” Habeck added.

Earlier this year, the German government set ambitious climate targets to be carbon neutral by 2045 after a court ruled the government needs to strengthen its climate protection laws.

Reuters noted that Germany has set a 2022 target of cutting industry emissions by 177 million tonnes of CO2, down 38% from 1990.

Germany has also set a target of reducing emissions from transport by 139 million tonnes, a 15% reduction from 1990.

Besides the emission reductions, Germany is also aiming to increase the number of wind turbines built each year to 1,000-1,500, Habeck said.

Earlier this week, the newly sworn-in German Finance Minister Christian Lindner introduced a bill that would shift what was left of the COVID-19 pandemic loans in 2021 to investments made for climate protection.

According to Deutsche Welle (DW), the bill would transfer around US $ 70 million to the Energy and Climate Fund, which would help “in the transformation of one of the largest industrialized countries towards climate neutrality”, Lindner said.

DW noted that the proposal had not been well received by some German lawmakers who saw it as a threat to the government’s debt brake. The German government’s debt brake, a measure included in the country’s constitution, says the state can only use as much money as it takes, with only a small line of credit for emergencies.

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