Possible contributions to meet the climate targets after the judgement of the German Federal Constitutional Court

The German climate target by 2030 is increased from 55% reduction to 65% compared to 1990. Since 1990, 40% reduction from about 1050 million tons of CO2 to 630 million tons of CO2 has been achieved in the energy-related sector. This was comparatively easy compared to the 55% reduction volume by 2030 envisaged since the end of 2019 – in the first version of the climate protection law – which corresponds to further 160 million tons of reduction volume and a target of 470 million tons of CO2. The tightening to a 65% target by 2030, which has now been implemented in the short term, increases the required reduction volume by about another 100 million tons of CO2 per year to the target figure of only about 370 million tons of CO2 emissions in 2030. With the current strategies, this cannot be achieved without a massive deconstruction of the German economy and the massive restriction of people’s freedoms. The following text gives indications how the additional 100 million tons of CO2 (even 140 million tons of CO2 are presented) can be saved along new solution paths at reasonable costs. The central element of the proposal is a blending quota for synthetic energy carriers / fuels of 15% by 2030. This proportion of e.g. methanol gasoline to conventional gasoline is climate neutral. Chemically, the two substances are essentially identical, just as there is no difference between electricity based on fossil fuels and green electricity. The cost differences compared to today are very small. The amount of CO2 emissions that can be saved in this way from 2030 onwards is around 60 million tons of CO2 per year in the  energy-related sector. By 2040, a steady increase in the blending quota will make it possible to achieve the majority of the reductions in CO2 emissions of 400 million metric tons of CO2 per year required for “climate neutrality 2045” in Germany. These points would have to be strongly advocated for in the election campaign and included in a future government program. Time is running out for this.