Court: German Government needs to tighten climate law

The German government has to tighten the climate law of 2019, according to the highest court in the country. The adjustments must be made by the end of next year.

This law stipulates, among other things, that greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced by at least 55% by 2030 compared to 1990. According to the Federal Court in Karlsruhe, the law does not violate the rights of future generations, but it is clear that it does not violate the rights of future generations. sufficient for a further reduction in emissions from 2031 onwards.

No greenhouse gas by 2050

Germany aims to eliminate greenhouse gases by 2050. To achieve this goal, greenhouse gas emissions should be reduced by high speed and urgency after 2030. The burden should be better distributed, as the current law โ€œirrevocably postpones the high burden of emission reduction beyond 2030.โ€

The shortcomings of the law violate the freedoms of the mostly young people who brought the case to court, according to the court. These include environmental organisation BUND and the climate movement Fridays for Future. They believe that the federal government is not doing enough to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit global warming.

The Climate Act must be amended by 31 December 2022 at the latest. The court must specify how the country will meet the climate targets while also taking into account the period after 2030.