SPD Minister: Germany must become climate neutral by 2045 | Free press

The Karlsruhe judges had required the federal government to urgently review the climate protection law. The SPD ministers Schulze and Scholz are now presenting a concept for this.

Berlin (dpa) – Following the ruling of the Federal Constitutional Court last week, Environment Minister Svenja Schulze and Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz presented the key points for a new climate protection law.

The package provides, among other things, that Germany commits for the first time to become climate neutral by 2045. The ministers announced this on Wednesday during a short press conference.

Climate neutrality means that no more greenhouse gases are emitted than can be re-bound. The plans of the SPD ministers, which have yet to be finalized, also include a new national target for greenhouse gas emissions of 65 percent by 2030. In addition, a new target is set for 2040: Germany must reduce emissions by 88 percent. by that time.

The main points have yet to be finally agreed with the Union and will be adopted in the federal cabinet next week. “There is agreement in the government,” said Schulze. Finance Minister Scholz spoke of intensive talks in the government. “We will be in cabinet next week with an ambitious climate protection law, but it is achievable,” he said.

With the changes to the climate law, the federal government is responding to a ruling by the federal constitutional court. Last week, Karlsruhe judges required lawmakers to further fine-tune the post-2030 greenhouse gas reduction targets by the end of 2022.

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