The German cabinet adopted the Climate Action Plan 2050 in November 2016. The goal of this long-term strategy is to achieve extensive greenhouse gas neutrality in Germany by 2050. The plan contains climate targets for individual sectors, providing guidance for strategic decisions in the years ahead. In addition, the German government has also launched further initiatives at international level to encourage the reduction of CO2 emissions and adaptation to the impacts of climate change.

German government policy

Several ministries within the German government engage in climate policy. As part of the energy transition, for example, the share of renewable energies is rising steadily and greenhouse gas emissions caused by energy production are decreasing. People in developing countries and emerging economies are being given assistance through specific measures on climate action and tackling the impacts of climate change. Global issues and problems also require close global coordination. Germany plays its role internationally as part of the G7 and G20. more

Petersberg Climate Dialogue

The Petersberg Climate Dialogue is an annual international meeting at minster level that provides impetus in preparation for the annual UN Climate Change Conference. Germany initiated this dialogue and hosts the meeting together with the country hosting the upcoming Climate Change Conference. In 2017, the ministers discussed measures to address the challenges in a multilateral world for a full, effective and quick implementation of the Paris Agreement. more

Stages of climate change negotiations

The UN Climate Change Conference is the annual Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The annual COP is the supreme decision making body of the UNFCCC. In this international convention, all developed countries have committed themselves to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions.more

Climate Action Plan 2050

In light of the outcomes in Paris, the German government decided to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Germany by 80 to 95 percent by 2050 compared with 1990, thus also advancing economic modernisation. To this end, Germany is implementing measures on energy supply, in the building and transport sectors, in industry and in the agricultural and forestry sectors. more

The German Government’s Climate Action Programme 2020

On 3 December 2014, German cabinet adopted the Climate Action Programme 2020. With its action programme the German government will ensure that it achieves the goal it set in 2007 of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2020 compared with 1990. According to the latest projections, without the new programme Germany would fall short of its goal by 5 to 8 percentage points. more

EU Climate Policy

Climate action is one of the European Union's political priorities, the EU has agreed on targets which will guarantee a transformation towards an energy-efficient and low-carbon economy. In 2009, the EU heads of state and government set out the long term goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 to 95 percent by 2050 compared to 1990 figures. more

International climate policy

Addressing climate change is one of the biggest global challenges of the 21st century. The average global temperature on the earth’s surface is continuously increasing due to even higher carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere, the impacts of which are already evident today. more

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is the United Nation's international, multilateral agreement on climate change. Its aim is to prevent a dangerous anthropogenic, i.e. man-made, interference with the climate system. mehr

Climate finance

Developed countries have set themselves the goal of providing 100 billion US dollars per year from public and private sources for climate action in developing countries, starting in 2020. The text of the decision from the Paris Climate Change Conference in 2015 gave developed countries the task of presenting a specific road map on how they intend to achieve this financial pledge.

Adaptation to climate change

The climate is changing throughout the world. As the climate changes so do mankind's living conditions - and Germany is no exception. Modern climate policy is therefore based on two pillars: avoidance of greenhouse gases and adaptation to those consequences of climate change which are already unavoidable!mehr

BMUB climate initiatives

The Federal Environment Ministry finances national and international climate projects. The ministry’s climate initiatives help make the most of cost-effective options for CO2 reduction, support innovative model projects on climate action and assist with adaptation to climate change. The focus is on cooperation in the form of dialogue and exchanges on know-how and experience. more