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Germany to adopt 2060 target for net-negative greenhouse gas emissions

(Clean Energy Wire, 28 Feb 2024) The German government is aiming to introduce a 2060 target for net-negative greenhouse gas emissions, as well as intermediate targets for technical carbon sinks, as key elements of its contribution to the Paris climate targets.

By the end of 2024, the ruling coalition wants to agree on a long-term strategy for negative emissions to help deal with residual emissions which are difficult or impossible to avoid. In a document outlining the upcoming strategy, the government says that limiting the global temperature rise to 1.5°C is "increasingly unlikely", so negative emissions will also be necessary to lower the CO2 concentration in the atmosphere to limit the risks of severe and irreversible consequences for humans and ecosystems. The strategy will set the targets, evaluate different carbon dioxide removal methods, and analyse economic incentives to help ramp up the necessary technologies. Experts say Germany could become a frontrunner on CO2 removal policy with the strategy.

Germany is set to establish several targets for CO2 removal from the atmosphere and net-negative greenhouse gas emissions in a bid to help reach international climate targets. In a long-term strategy on negative emissions, to be presented by the end of 2024, the government will lay out a target to have more greenhouse gas emissions removed from the atmosphere by 2060 than are annually emitted. In addition, the strategy will define targets for technical carbon sinks for 2035, 2040 and 2045, which would support natural sinks such as forests or peatland.

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Clean Energy Wire, 28 Feb 2024: Germany to adopt 2060 target for net-negative greenhouse gas emissions