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Fotomontage Bundesverfassungsgericht mit CO2 Warndreieck davor (refer to: A justified ceiling to Germany's CO2 emissions - Questions and Answers on its CO2 budget)

A justified ceiling to Germany's CO2 emissions - Questions and Answers on its CO2 budget

Is German climate policy on the right path? A CO2 budget approach allows a transparent comparison between national and international climate targets. The SRU has recently updated its work on a national CO2 budget for Germany. It shows that rapid emission reductions are crucial. The short report in Q&A format has now been published in English language.

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Windrad im Bau (refer to: Climate protection needs tailwind: Towards a reliable expansion of onshore wind energy in Germany)

date of issue 2022.05.03 · Topic: Cli­mate and en­er­gy , Law, pol­i­tics and strate­gies Climate protection needs tailwind: Towards a reliable expansion of onshore wind energy in Germany(PDF, 83KB, File does not meet accessibility standards)

Onshore wind energy is one of the pillars of the energy transition. Germany can only reach its climate targets if onshore wind is developed much faster. However, in the last few years the expansion has almost stalled. The statement "Climate protection needs tailwind: Towards a reliable expansion of onshore wind energy" shows how challenges can be met. More: Climate protection needs tailwind: Towards a reliable expansion of onshore wind energy in Germany …

Hydrogen (refer to: The role of hydrogen in climate protection: quality rather than quantity)

date of issue 2021.11.22 · Topic: Con­struc­tion in­dus­try , Chem­i­cals , Cli­mate and en­er­gy , Mo­bil­i­ty The role of hydrogen in climate protection: quality rather than quantity(PDF, 199KB, File does not meet accessibility standards)

Hydrogen can play an important role in climate protection, but will remain a scarce and valuable energy carrier for the foreseeable future. In this report, the SRU recommends that all efforts should be focused on the market ramp-up for green hydrogen made from wind and solar energy. Even for a transitional period, policy-makers should not support fossil-based hydrogen. More: The role of hydrogen in climate protection: quality rather than quantity …

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