A coalition agreement for a climate-neutral Germany?

SPD, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen and FDP have agreed on a coalition agreement, presented under the name “Dare more progress. Alliance for Freedom, Justice and Sustainability” on 24 November 2021. In the study commissioned by Climate Alliance Germany, DIW Econ, together with Prof. Dr Claudia Kemfert, DIW Berlin, evaluated the climate policy measures of the coalition agreement in the sectors of energy, industry, transport, buildings and agriculture (analogous to the Federal Climate Protection Act) as well as in a cross-sectoral category. The coalition agreement was examined to determine whether Germany can achieve the Paris climate target or at least the 2030 emission reduction targets enshrined in the Climate Protection Act with the guidelines, targets, and policies set out in the agreement’s text over the next four years.

“The coalition agreement is the most ambitious climate protection programme ever presented by a German government; it is a turning point. However, it is not enough to achieve the 1.5-degree target. Fast and consistent action is now required.” DIW Econ Senior Research Associate Claudia Kemfert summarises the results of the study. Particularly in the field of energy, there has been considerable progress and numerous promising approaches to achieving the formulated goals.

Nevertheless, the traffic light coalition agreements are not yet ambitious enough for Germany to make its fair contribution to the 1.5-degree limit. While the traffic light parties are on track in the energy sector to reach the 2030 targets of the Climate Protection Act, they are not yet succeeding, especially in the transport, buildings and agriculture sectors. The new federal government still needs to sharpen its measures considerably in these areas.

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