Germany pledges to cut CO2 emissions by 65% by 2030 and invests €2.5bn in transition programmes


Germany has pledged to cut its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 65% by 2030 and phase out coal by 2038 ‘if not earlier’.

The commitments were made as part of the €2.5bn Territorial Just Transition programmes which aim to help four key regions – North Rhine-Westphalia, Brandenburg, Saxony and Saxony Anhalt – transition to climate neutrality.

Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, said Germany’s commitment to reduce CO2 emissions by 65% this decade puts the country ahead of European targets.

He said, “To meet the equally ambitious target of climate neutrality in 2045, a successful phase-out of coal will be important. The Green Deal is built on the premise of proving it’s possible to a socially sustainable climate transition. With support from the Just Transition Fund, Germany can make sure everyone gets to benefit from a green and healthy future.”

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