Chancellor Angela Merkel has insisted that the European Green Deal must be the driving force behind Europe’s economic recovery plan. However, Germany has, so far, bailed out its fossil fuel industry like no other EU member state – and it’s still a long way away from presenting its national climate plan. EURACTIV Germany reports.
In her speech at the 11th session of the Petersberg Dialogue on Tuesday (28 April), Chancellor Merkel reaffirmed her support for raising the EU’s emissions reduction target for 2030 from 40% to 50% or even 55%.
The chancellor also said it was now time to “prove our steadfastness”, because the climate must not be excluded from the economic stimulus packages currently being put together.
Merkel described carbon pricing as an important instrument for achieving the EU’s climate goals, expressing hope that “as many countries as possible will go for it.”
The chancellor also called for the extension of the EU’s emissions trading system (EU ETS) to new sectors. Germany intends to do this for the heating and transport sectors.
Green Deal as a “compass”
A few hours before Merkel’s speech, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen found similar words in a video message, commenting that “if we use the European Green Deal as a ‘compass’, we can turn this crisis into an opportunity.”
Müssen klug investieren, wenn wir die Wirtschaft nach Corona wieder aufbauen. Unser Kompass bleibt der #EUGreenDeal. Er wird unsere Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft verändern und helfen, den Klimawandel anzugehen. Für die Zukunft unseres Planeten und unserer Kinder. #GreenRecovery🌍 pic.twitter.com/moy66PkpUt
— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) April 28, 2020