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germany is expected to miss its 2020 climate target amid heavy coal use and high transport emissions

German climate law draft calls for net-zero emissions by 2050

German environment minister Svenja Schulze is calling for an ambitious goal to cut emissions by “at least 95%” by 2050 and remove the remainder from the atmosphere, in a draft of the highly anticipated Climate Action Law seen by Clean Energy Wire.

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Germany can end coal power much earlier than 2038

The market can deliver much faster end to coal power than proposed last week, but it needs a confident signal from the German government — A hard-won compromise has been agreed in Germany over the future of its power system. The government welcomed an official proposal to phase out coal-fired power from the country’s energy …

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Analysis: How far would Germany’s 2038 coal phaseout breach Paris climate goals

The recommendation by Germany’s coal commission that the country end its use of the fossil fuel in power stations by 2038 could breach a Paris Agreement-compatible pathway by more than a billion tonnes of CO2, Carbon Brief analysis shows — If the German government adopts the recommendations, coal capacity would barely fall faster than a …

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Germany to quit coal by 2038, under commission proposal

After late-night talks, a dedicated commission has agreed a timetable to phase out coal burning in Europe’s largest economy — Germany will stop burning coal for electricity by 2038, under plans finalised by a commission in the small hours of Saturday. It is the first time Europe’s biggest economy, which gets 35% of its power …

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Last minute talks to set end date for German coal power

A leaked draft report from Germany’s coal commission leaves coal exit timetable open as talks head into final days — Germany’s detailed coal exit path and the end-date to coal-fired power generation remain unknown only days before a highly anticipated phase-out proposal is due to be published. A leaked draft of the final report of …

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Berlin startup offers €1m to save ancient Hambach forest from coal mining

Ecosia offers to buy remaining forest from energy firm RWE, which plans to fell most of the trees — A non-profit Berlin tech startup has offered to buy the remaining 200 hectares of an ancient German forest to save it from being destroyed for coal surface mining. Ecosia, a search engine which donates the majority …

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organisers said 50,000 people celebrated the unexpected court victory that halted the woodland’s destruction

Thousands of anti-coal protesters celebrate German forest’s reprieve

Court victory halts utility firm RWE’s plan to raze Hambach woodland and expand an opencast mine — Thousands of anti-coal demonstrators descended on Germany’s Hambach forest on Saturday to celebrate an unexpected court victory that suspended an energy company’s planned razing of the woodland to expand a giant opencast mine. The ancient forest near Cologne …

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German 2030 climate target ‘very, very challenging’ to reach, says Merkel

Planned climate protection law means 2030 target would ‘ideally’ be met, chancellor says, and flags closure of coal plants — The German government will introduce a climate protection law to ensure the country reaches its 2030 climate targets, but achieving these goals will be “very, very challenging”, said chancellor Angela Merkel during her annual summer …

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