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Climate Action Plan 2050

legislation type Executive
Action Plan
Mitigation Framework
Passed in 2016
Germany's Climate Action Plan 2050 outlines the process for achieving the country's climate targets for all sectors in line with the Paris Agreement, including energy, the built environment, transport, industry and business and agriculture and forestry. The plan also outlines emissions reductions targets for individual sectors for 2030 and provides guidance for how to achieve those targets. The plan includes processes for monitoring progress and updating the plan if necessary in line with the five-yearly stocktake of the NDCs specified in the Paris Agreement. The main goal of the plan is to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. The interim goal of the plan is to reduce Germany's total emissions by 55 percent by 2030, compared to 1990. 

Concrete measures to achieve these targets laid out by the plan include: (1) establish a governmental commission to addressing the question of how to combat climate change while maintaining growth and development, (2) developing more robust energy standards for new buildings and those undergoing substantial renovation, (3) formulate a complete strategy for reducing emissions in the transport sector, (4) launching a research and development programme aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from industrial processes, (5) fully implement existing provisions governing fertiliser use, (6) improving carbon sequestration through afforestation, and (7) strengthen economic incentives, including taxes, to encourage polluters to reduce their emissions.


  • Achieve carbon neutrality by 2050
    Economy-wide | Base year target | Target year: 2050 | Base year:
  • Germany will reduce its total GHG emissions by 55% by 2030 compared with a 1990 baseline
    Economy-wide | Baseline scenario target | Target year: 2030 | Base year: 1990
from the Grantham Research Institute
from the Grantham Research Institute
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