Germany has continued to improve its environmental performance over the past decade.
It has ambitious climate targets with the aim to reach climate neutrality by 2045
and achieve negative emissions after 2050. Nevertheless, Germany will need to further
accelerate climate action, particularly in the buildings and transport sectors, and
address the triple crisis of energy, climate and biodiversity in an integrated and
holistic manner. As part of its energy crisis response, Germany has taken a series
of measures, which are historic in size and scope. They are set to massively accelerate
its green energy transition in the coming years. It is also scaling up its engagement
on climate change adaptation across all government levels and has initiated an ambitious
programme to foster investments in nature-based solutions. This is the fourth OECD
Environmental Performance Review of Germany. It provides 28 recommendations to help
Germany further improve its environmental performance.
Published on May 08, 2023Also available in: German
“Germany needs to speed up its green energy transition and the digital transformation of its economy and public administration. At the same time, rapid population ageing is exacerbating labour shortages and increasing spending pressures,” OECD Secretary-General Mathias Cormann said, presenting the Survey in Berlin alongside Germany’s Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action Robert Habeck and Minister for the Environment Steffi Lemke. “Tackling these challenges effectively in a fiscally sustainable way will require well prioritised and well targeted public investment.”
“On the environmental front, both the Economic Survey and the Environmental Performance Review underscore the need for Germany to stay the course and take further measures in pursuit of ambitious and effective action on climate change. For Germany as a globally focused export nation it will be important to secure a globally more coherent approach to carbon mitigation approaches, which while recognising global diversity is globally effective in reducing emissions, avoiding competitiveness distortions and carbon leakage between different jurisdictions,” Mr Cormann added.