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Environment: gaps in climate protection: environmentalists are suing the federal government

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Germany is lagging behind in achieving its climate goals. The environmental organization BUND now wants to legally oblige the federal government to take effective measures.

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The Federation for the Environment and Nature Conservation Germany (BUND) is suing the federal government for failing to meet climate targets in the areas of transport and buildings. This was reported by the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”, the corresponding information was also available from the German Press Agency. In its lawsuit filed with the Berlin-Brandenburg Higher Administrative Court, BUND is demanding the resolution of emergency programs as provided for in the Climate Protection Act.

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Germany had not achieved its goal of cutting greenhouse gases by 40 percent by 2020 compared to 1990 levels – and not in 2021 either. According to preliminary calculations by the think tank Agora Energiewende, this will not happen in 2022 either. There is a gap, especially in the areas of transport and buildings, as the Federal Government’s expert council had already pointed out. The climate protection program of the federal government, which should address this, is still pending.

“We can no longer stand by and watch as parts of the federal government ignore their own climate protection goals and refuse effective measures for transport and buildings,” said BUND chairman Olaf Bandt. “Now a political decision is needed to create effective measures for climate protection. If Olaf Scholz’s government is not politically able or willing to do so, it must be legally obliged to do so.”

Source: Stern

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