Coronavirus could help Germany hit its emissions goals

POLITICO | There's a possible policy upside to the coronavirus crisis — Germany may just reach its 2020 emissions reduction goal.


The target is to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent compared with 1990 levels by the end of this year. That had seemed completely unreachable just a couple of years ago — until the pandemic collapsed both economic activity and emissions.


According to the latest climate report, adopted by the German Cabinet on Wednesday, Germany cut greenhouse gas emissions by 35.7 percent in 2019 compared with 1990 levels. That puts the 2020 target within reach.


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