Germany’s incoming government wants to end coal use by 2030

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Germany plans to end coal use by 2030, eight years earlier than previously planned, as part of its latest climate pledge. In the same year, the country wants 80 percent of its electricity to come from renewable sources. To Olaf Scholz, the leader of Germany’s Social Democratic Party, announced the plan on Wednesday as part of a deal that sees the former chancellor as head of a three-party coalition made up of the Greens and Free Democrats, ruling the country. Will see ,

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In Germany’s 28 September national election, the Greens claimed 118 seats in the Bundestag, making it the party’s best performance to date. Scholz is expected to tap Greens leader Annalena Barbock to serve as his foreign minister. In addition, it is likely that Greens co-leader Robert Habeck will get a chance to be the chancellor and oversee the country’s energy transition.

Notably, the Coalition did not set a more aggressive emissions reduction target. By 2030, the country still plans to cut emissions by 65 percent from 1990 levels. According to an estimate by the nonprofit , Germany needs to reduce its greenhouse gas production by at least 70 percent by the end of the decade to meet the 1.5°C target. Paris Agreement,


Additionally, in making a deal with the Social Democratic Party, the Greens made a significant compromise. To , the country will use natural gas to ease the transition between coal and renewable energy. Critics also say the Coalition had to do more to advance electric vehicle adoption. The government only plans to have 15 million EVs on German roads by 2030. “It doesn’t look like a coalition for progress,” said Campact chief Christoph Botz. , “The climate movement will have to keep pushing for the coalition to form a truly climate government.”

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on Nerdshala,

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