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Germany consults on climate ambition and measures for 2050

After launching a plan of climate mitigation measures in 2014 tailored to reach a 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, the German government is currently preparing a long-term plan for climate action until 2050.

The so-called Klimaschutzplan 2050 (climate action plan 2050) will feature reduction targets for the next decades, as well as pathways and measures for individual sectors. HEAL considers that this plan could bring significant co-benefits for human health in Germany and beyond, if the right measures and ambition level are taken. An analysis for the EU Commission on 2030 climate and energy targets had found potential health co-benefits for Germany ranging from 617 million to 2.5 billion EUR per year for scenarios with 40 percent greenhouse gas reduction (5-10.5 billion EUR for a 45 percent reduction scenario).

Measures for each of the six main sectors (energy, industry and commercial activities, agriculture and land use, transport, buildings, and public administration) are being developed in a participatory process with different stakeholders. The general public, municipalities and the 16 German states are involved in this process as are associations from business and civil society. Currently a draft catalogue of measures is discussed in three different stakeholder groups before it will be sent to a forum of delegates, and further on to ministries for finalising the proposal. Before summer an official position of the German government is expected. HEAL’s Julia Huscher is working with German health and medical professionals on the climate action plan to ensure that health considerations are adequately mirrored in the plan.

Information on the participatory process is available in English here

Originally posted on 23 February 2016

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