Germany to Achieve Carbon Neutrality by the Year 2050

German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Petersberg Climate Dialogue (PCD). Photo: PCD
German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Petersberg Climate Dialogue (PCD). Photo: PCD

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday at the Petersberg Climate Dialogue (PCD) that she supports the European Union (EU) mission to reach carbon neutrality and Germany will participate in this endeavor.

During international climate talks in Berlin, Merkel promised to make Germany carbon neutral by 2050 and directed Germany’s newly formed climate cabinet to take action against climate change.

“I wholeheartedly welcome Chancellor Angela Merkel’s pledge to make Germany carbon neutral by 2050 and I urge all countries to do the same. Only with urgent and transformative climate action will we win the race against climate change,” said UN Secretary-General António Guterres.

Although Germany does not plan to stop all emissions, it will eliminate some emissions with afforestation and carbon capture. By taking steps toward carbon neutrality, by 2050 Germany plans to bring down the emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) 80% to 95% below 1990 levels.

The 10th Petersberg Climate Dialogue (PCD) concluded on Tuesday (May 14) with a commitment to joint progress on climate action. The representatives of 35 countries expressed their expectation that the international community will submit revised climate targets and long-term strategies to the United Nations by the year 2020.

Photo: PCD

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