Climate Protection Act Enters into Force

The new German Climate Protection Act (Bundes-Klimaschutzgesetz) entered into force on 18 December 2019. As the first government in the world, the German government has thus made binding a national climate protection target.

The German Climate Change Act (KSG) is intended to ensure that A) national climate protection targets such as the 2050 Climate Protection Plan, and B) international targets such as the European Green Deal are met. The primary objective is to limit global warming to well below 2° Celsius and, if possible, to 1.5° Celsius (compared with pre-industrial levels). In a first step, the German Federal Republic is to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% compared to 1990 by 2030. The second step is greenhouse gas neutrality until 2050. In order to achieve this objective, the KSG clearly regulates the amount of greenhouse gases that can be emitted by different sectors and the measures to be taken to meet these levels. A key factor here is carbon pricing, which will make the use of fossil fuels considerably more expensive from 2021.

In order to achieve the objectives of the German Climate Protection Act, private companies and public institutions will face many new challenges that need to be addressed. Arqum is currently offering a free webinar series entitled “Climate Management”, in which we will provide you with comprehensive information on this topic. Among other things, we will show you the challenges and opportunities that the KSG has in store for companies and how they introduce climate management. Please contact us for further information.

In addition to our webinar series, Arqum offers a wide range of services in the field of climate protection – from greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting according to ISO 14064 and ISO 14067 to comprehensive climate management. We support you both in the initial preparation of a GHG balance sheet and in the development of existing environmental management systems into a GHG balance sheet. Even if you would like to go one step further toward climate management right from the start, we can accompany you in the process. Together, we can develop suitable targets and measures to reduce emissions. This will enable you to make an important contribution to achieving compliance with national and international climate protection targets.

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