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Germany to be climate-neutral by 2045

The German federal government is planning to announce a new national goal next week to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 65 percent by 2030, reports Der Spiegel.

Earlier this week, CDU and the Greens formed a coalition government in the state of Baden-Württemberg. On a national level, the Greens currently look set to become the country's biggest political party. | Photo: THOMAS KIENZLE/AFP / AFP

The German federal government plans to launch one of Europe's most ambitious decarbonization schedules. According to Der Spiegel, citing government sources, Germany will in the coming week present a reform of its climate legislation, stipulating a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 65 percent come 2030 and full climate neutrality by 2045.

In the short term, this is a tightening of the reduction target of 55 percent compared to 1990 levels, while net zero must now be achieved five years earlier than hitherto planned.

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