Confirmation of missed climate targets in the buildings & transport sectors

On 13 April 2022, the Council of Experts on Climate Change (ERK) presented its second review report on the emissions data of the previous year in accordance with § 12 para. 1 of the Federal Climate Change Act (KSG). In addition to the review, the Council of Experts classifies the emission development and the target achievement or target failure of individual sectors in depth and discusses the need and options for a further development of the Federal Climate Change Act.

“Our analysis indicates that without the special effects, emissions in the transport sector would have been even higher in 2021,” explains Hans-Martin Henning, Chairman of the Expert Council. “At the same time, we confirm the Federal Environment Agency’s finding that the building sector exceeded the annual target value for the second time in a row. However, it should be noted in this finding that the exceedance value is smaller than the influences caused by storage and weather.”

“The Federal Climate Change Act is still quite young. In addition to fundamental issues, such as with regard to European embedding, concrete need for adaptation with regard to monitoring and control is apparent in practice in some places,” explains Deputy Chair Brigitte Knopf. The Council of Experts therefore recommends a coordinated process for the further development of the Federal Climate Change Act in the current year.