Germany mulls ‘mammoth’ 95% cut in emissions by 2050

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Germany is drawing up an action plan to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 95% from 1990 levels by 2050.

Drawing on a public consultation launched last year, the environment ministry expects to present the proposal to cabinet before the summer recess.

It is a “mammoth task with profound implications,” environment minister Barbara Hendricks said at a conference in Berlin. “No sector will be excluded from this transition.”

The long term target is at the higher end of the 80-95% range agreed across the EU, based on holding global temperature rise to 2C.

Hendricks stressed the importance of the aspirational 1.5C limit on global warming agreed at last year’s UN climate talks in Paris.

“There are places in the world where the extent of global warming can mean the difference between survival and destruction,” she said.