Climate 2020: We wish to prevent dangerous climate change
Steps must be taken to prevent dangerous human intervention in the climate system. This poses a particular challenge in terms of global solidarity and fairness. For Germany, this means maintaining and expanding its international forerunner role in the area of climate protection, while at the same time living up to its responsibility as an industrialized country by setting itself particularly high targets for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
We are therefore committed to reducing the human-caused emissions of greenhouse gases included in the Kyoto Protocol by 40 percent in Germany by 2020 and by at least 80 percent by 2050, measured against the 1990 levels.