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German climate law is partly unconstitutional, top court rules

German climate law is partly unconstitutional, top court rules

Germany will have to improve its emissions targets from 2031 following a complaint by a coalition of climate activists, including Fridays for Future.

Germany’s Constitutional Court ruled Thursday that the country’s 2019 climate protection act is in part unconstitutional.

“The regulations irreversibly postpone high emission reduction burdens until periods after 2030,” the court said.

It added that the law does not explain in enough detail how greenhouse gas emissions are to be reduced after 2031.

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

What is the case about?

The complaint was filed by a group of nine mostly young people. They are supported by several environmental associations, such as Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND) and Fridays for Future.

They have criticized the law, saying it does not go far enough to sufficiently reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit climate change.

They argue that because the law will not limit climate change, it violates their fundamental right to a humane future.

What else did the court say?

“The challenged provisions do violate the freedoms of the complainants, some of whom are still very young,” the court said in a statement.

“Virtually every freedom is potentially affected by these future emission reduction obligations because almost all areas of human life are still associated with the emission of greenhouse gases and are thus threatened by drastic restrictions after 2030,” the statement said.

News source: DW

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