German court rules federal government has violated climate law

2023-11-30 20:44:00, Kosova & Bota CNA
German court rules federal government has violated climate law
The German coalition has been under pressure from environmental groups to meet its climate change targets.

A German court sided with environmental groups on Thursday, ruling that the federal government had failed to meet its climate targets in the transport and construction sectors, DW reports.

The decision comes a day before Chancellor Olaf Scholz travels to the COP28 climate summit.

Deutsche Umwelthilfe and environmental groups BUND had taken the German government to court, accusing it of violating Germany's Climate Protection Act, which currently sets annual targets for each sector to reduce harmful greenhouse gases.

Specifically, the law requires individual ministries to implement an immediate action plan to reduce emissions if a sector fails to meet the law's targets, which are a 65% reduction in emissions by 2030 compared to 1990 levels.

In Thursday's ruling, the court said Berlin must adopt an "immediate program" to reduce emissions in the transport and construction sectors.

Stefanie Langkamp, ??a spokeswoman for the Climate Alliance Germany network, said the decision was a "stern rebuke" to the government./ CNA

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