Joint press release with the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
Röttgen: Greenhouse gas reduction efforts a great success
Emissions down by 25 percent over 1990 levels
Germany continued to meet its Kyoto Protocol commitments during the 2010 economic recovery period. Based on the 1990 index year, Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions had sunk by nearly 25 percent in 2010. Some 295 million tonnes CO2 less were emitted in 2010 than in 1990. “Germany’s success in climate protection is exemplary on both international and European scale. We have demonstrated that economic growth and climate protection can go hand in hand. We hope to continue in this way and achieve a 40-percent reduction by 2020. We are almost two-thirds of the way there, and we see that our climate protection policy has provided strong incentive for economic growth, innovation and employment“, said Federal Minister for Environment Dr. Norbert Röttgen.