Financial markets Sustainable finance
The COVID-19 pandemic and climate change highlight how important the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are to economic growth and financial market stability. SDG 3 aims to ensure healthy lives for all, while SDG 13 focuses on climate action.
Climate action Phasing out coal to fulfil climate targets
On 29 January 2020, the German cabinet adopted draft legislation on the phasing out of coal in Germany. The bill sets out a detailed roadmap for shutting down coal-fired power stations, which are harmful to the climate. The Federation has allocated €40bn for the structural transformation. The funds will help the affected regions to build new capacity and create new jobs.
Climate action German cabinet adopts legislation on phasing out coal
The German cabinet today adopted the Act on the Reduction and Termination of Coal-Fired Electricity Generation and Amending Further Acts (Gesetz zur Reduzierung und zur Beendigung der Kohleverstromung und zur Änderung weiterer Gesetze).
Today the German government adopted draft legislation to implement the Climate Action Programme 2030 in tax law and to amend the Aviation Tax Act.
Today the federal cabinet has approved the draft supplementary federal budget for 2020 and the draft budget for the Energy and Climate Fund for 2020. Today’s decision has created the budgetary conditions for rapid implementation of the Climate Action Programme agreed by the German government on 25 September 2019.
Climate action Sustainable Finance Committee takes up work
The German government created a Sustainable Finance Committee on 6 June 2019. The Committee’s purpose is to advise the German government as it drafts and implements a sustainable finance strategy, as well as to pool existing expertise and foster dialogue between the relevant players.