The next legislative period will largely decide success or failure in reaching the 2030 climate targets.
Germany wants to become climate neutral by 2045 and, in an intermediate step, reduce its green-house gas emissions by 2030 to at least 65 per cent below the 1990 level. These higher goals can be implemented but they require a completely new character and a significantly greater tempo in climate policy. Climate Neutrality Foundation, in cooperation with Agora Energiewende and Agora Verkehrswende, has developed proposals for 50 policy instruments to be adopted in the coming legislative period in order to achieve the interim target raised for 2030.
The proposals are based on a large number of scientific studies and legal opinions commissioned by the three institutions in recent months (see under Publications or under the individual “Topics” on our website).
Climate protection is the task of our generation.
Our approach is based on a mixture of instruments: by means of CO2 pricing, regulatory law, funding measures and tax incentives, an innovative and at the same time socially fair transformation of the German economy towards climate neutrality can succeed.
There are of course alternatives to our proposals. But those who wish to make some instruments less stringent will need to propose correspondingly stronger measures in other places. For, since the Federal Constitutional Court’s climate ruling, there is one option no longer available: leaving the necessary reduction in emissions to the next generation.