BERLIN (AP) — Officials in Germany have proposed accelerating the plans to cut the country’s greenhouse gas emissions by setting a new goal of reaching “net-zero” by 2045.
Under the proposal announced by the German environment and finance ministers, the country would increase its emissions reduction targets from 55% to 65% below 1990 levels by 2030, and to 88% by 2040.
The timetable would put Germany in a position to have net-zero emissions five years earlier than the previous target of 2050.
The proposed targets so far don’t include corresponding emission-reduction measures.
Experts maintain that to speed up the process of cutting emissions, Germany would have to more aggressively phase out coal-fired power plants.