Germany’s Social Democratic Party leader Olaf Schulz is due to announce the plan next Wednesday as part of a deal that will see the former vice chancellor rule the country at the head of a three-party coalition made up of the Greens and the Liberal Democrats.
Germany’s September 28 national election saw the Green Party take 118 seats in the Bundestag, making it the party’s best performance ever. For the position of Vice-Chancellor and the opportunity to oversee the country’s energy transition.
It is worth noting that the alliance has not set a stricter target to reduce emissions by 2030, and the country is still planning to reduce emissions by 65% from 1990 levels, and according to the estimate of a non-profit organization that tracks climate action, Germany needs to reduce its production of greenhouse gases by an additional percentage. At least 70% by the end of the decade to meet the 1.5°C target set by the Paris Agreement.
In addition, in striking a deal with the SPD, the Greens made a big compromise to Bloomberg that the country will use natural gas to facilitate the transition between coal and renewables, and critics also say the coalition should do more to drive electric car adoption.
The government plans to have only 15 million electric vehicles on German roads by 2030, said Christoph Bautz, head of Campact This doesn’t sound like an alliance for progress and a clean energy corps, and the climate movement will have to keep pushing the alliance to make it a truly climate government.