They sue the German government for not meeting climate goals

BERLIN (HPD) — A prominent business group announced Tuesday that it will file a lawsuit against the German government for failing to meet its own climate goals.

Friends of the Earth-Germany, also known as BUND, stated in documents filed with the Berlin-Brandenburg administrative court that the government should be required to present an emergency program for the transport and construction sectors.

Both sectors are lagging behind their mandatory greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.

The group, which has more than 450,000 members, argues that time is running out for Germany to meet its 2030 climate goals and reduce its emissions to net zero by 2045.

A report published days ago by the research institution Agora Energiewende concluded that gas emissions in Germany last year were probably higher than the target set for 2020.

The government has drawn up an ambitious program to expand the use of renewable energy in the coming years.

But disagreements between two members of the governing coalition – the environmental Greens and the libertarians of the Free Democratic Party – have hampered efforts to drastically reduce the use of hydrocarbons in the transport sector.

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