The Climate Protection Act sets out requirements for reducing greenhouse gases. Now a court is calling for more measures from the federal government to ensure that the goals are achieved.

In its current form, the program approved last October does not fully meet the legal requirements. The federal government can appeal and thus postpone the effect of the judgment. Then it would be the Federal Administrative Court’s turn.

Environmental Aid had recently taken legal action against the federal government’s climate policy and won a victory in November 2023. At that time, the OVG Berlin-Brandenburg ruled that the government must launch an immediate climate program in the transport and buildings sectors. The appeal against this is ongoing at the Federal Administrative Court.

As was the case back then, the basis for the DUH lawsuits negotiated on Thursday were the requirements of the Climate Protection Act for various sectors to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for the years 2024 to 2030. The law also includes the goal of reducing these emissions in their entirety by at least 65% by 2030 percent compared to 1990. In the previous year, around 46 percent reduction was achieved.

The climate protection program is a kind of overall plan of the federal government to achieve these goals. It lists numerous measures in the sectors of transport, energy, buildings, industry and agriculture.