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While German emissions fell in 2022, the country is not on track to meet its 2030 target.

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While German emissions fell in 2022, the country is not on track to meet its 2030 target.

The fall in 2022 was about 2% across all sectors. This was greater than expected, in what was a tumultous year for energy. However, to meet the 2030 target the annual reduction would need to triple to 6%.

The #energy sector still makes up the largest chunk of emissions, but this doesn't appear to be the worry as there is a clear plan - rapidly ramp up renewables expansion.

No, the "problem child" is the #transport sector, which missed its target again and for which "we don't have a plan," according to the head of the environment agency.

It's worth noting that Germany has ambitious targets, with a 2045 net zero target and a 65% reduction on 1990 levels by 2030.

This shows the importance of near-term targets. An aspirational net zero by 2050 target is still decades away and it's easy to kick the can down the road, just leave it to the next government to sort out.

But there's no hiding from a 2030 target!

How many other countries will reveal similar data and have to accelerate their emissions reduction efforts?

Coming back to Germany, the country's climate law stipulates what must happen now. The government will have to present a programme of measures by 15th July to get climate action in the transport and building sectors back on track.


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