The German Government’s Climate Action Programme 2020

Germany will reach its climate goal

On 03 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.

Climate Action Programme

Himmel mit Verkehrsschild auf dem abnehmende CO2-Emission dargestellt wird

Aktionsprogramm Klimaschutz

- Himmel: | Schild: stockWERK/

The German government subscribes to the guiding principle of sustainable global development, which is based on acting responsibly towards future generations. Accordingly, a responsible climate policy must always rest on two pillars. Firstly, it must be a factor in ensuring that average global warming does not exceed the two-degree mark. Secondly, it must recognise risks and prepare for the inevitable effects of climatic changes that will occur with even a moderate degree of global warming.

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On 03 December 2014 the German cabinet adopted the Climate Action Programme 2020. This programme contains measures to be implemented by 2020 in order to reach Germany’s goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 percent compared with 1990. 

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Climate Action report 2015

Buchenlaub vor blauem Himmel

The Climate Action Programme 2020 contains over 100 individual measures designed to ensure that the target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions in Germany by at least 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2020 is met. The government decided to monitor implementation of the measures listed in the programme in a continual process and publish an annual climate action report detailing the progress of implementation, the latest emission trends and anticipated reductions.

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