Germany: Market Scenario 60 % Reduction in Emissions by 2030 Ambitious: German Chemical Industry Association
The German Chemical Industry Association (VCI) has compared the ambitious project to a 'moon landing mission' in which the Apollo programme is completely missing. Thus, indicating that the European Parliament, Commission and Council must set the targets based on ground realities.
Germany – The German Chemical Industry Association (VCI) considers the upcoming vote of the European Parliament for a CO2 reduction target of 60 per cent by 2030 to be an extremely ambitious project in which most questions remain unanswered.
According to VCI CEO, Wolfgang Große Entrup, a 60 per cent target for 2030 would be nothing more than a 'moon landing mission'. “But what is completely missing is an Apollo programme to make the mission a reality,” he said.
“It is completely unclear how the enormous reduction from all areas of life and economic sectors will be achieved,” Große Entrup added. We need more realism in politics about how high we can raise the climate protection target in the EU without the rest of the world pulling along. As Große Entrup explained, if the EU is to achieve a 60 per cent target by 2030, it will have to reduce CO2 emissions more than five times as much per year as the average of the last 30 years.
The European Commission therefore had good reason to conduct its feasibility study only with regard to a climate target of 50 or 55 per cent. These targets alone are very ambitious, said the VCI CEO. He said: "The EU must not forget that there must be a way to reach the goal in the face of so much discussion about targets.”
According to Große Entrup, this raises many questions: How can the EU-wide expansion of renewables and the necessary networks be accelerated? How can energy efficiency measures such as the energy-efficient renovation of buildings be massively increased? And how can the competitiveness of the European economy be maintained so that it can retain jobs and invest in climate-friendly processes? Große Entrup: "Central questions regarding the implementation of higher climate targets have not yet been answered.
If the relationship between demanding and promoting is no longer right, the EU economy will lose its balance and consumers will be overburdened. The task of the three EU institutions involved - Parliament, Commission and Council - must therefore be to develop a concrete and realistic package of measures parallel to the target discussion, so that the necessary infrastructure can be built, climate-friendly technologies can be further developed and jobs can be safeguarded.”