Climate protection programmes
The EU has decided to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20 percent below 1990 levels in the run-up to 2020. This applies to carbon dioxide as well as to fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-gases). To this end, Germany will need to cut its emissions of all greenhouse gases by 14 percent relative to 2005 levels in the run-up to 2020. Hence reports on fluorinated greenhouse gas emissions no longer constitute a merely voluntary status-description measure, but are a climate control instrument.
As a signatory to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Germany is required to compute and publish its emission inventories annually. Pursuant to international climate protection treaties, Germany also submits its annual emissions data to the European Commission.