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German climate law is partly unconstitutional, top court rules

by Cynthia Morel, May 10
1 minute read

Germany will have to improve its emissions targets from 2031 following a complaint by a coalition of climate activists. The ruling highlighted that ‘the regulations irreversibly postpone high emission reduction burdens until periods after 2030’.

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So what?

At issue is the fact that the law does not explain in enough detail how greenhouse gas emissions are to be reduced after 2031. The plaintiffs argued that because the law will not limit climate change, it violates their fundamental right to a humane future.

The judges thus gave the legislature until the end of next year to draw up clearer reduction targets for greenhouse gas emissions for the period after 2030.



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