Climate action Green federal securities
Climate action is a priority. To boost sustainability in financial markets too, the German government is issuing Green German Federal Securities. This will inject momentum into the sustainable bond market as a whole.
Climate action Climate action publications
All the Finance Ministry’s publications relating to climate action, including a link to the German government’s Sustainable Development Strategy.
Coronavirus Comprehensive pandemic assistance programmes
Companies and self-employed individuals are still affected by the coronavirus pandemic despite the economy starting to recover and restrictions being eased. In order to provide support where it is still needed, the Temporary Aid Programme IV, one of Germany’s central assistance programmes, is being extended to the end of June 2022. The Fresh Start Assistance programme, which is targeted …
Climate action Climate action for everyone
We make climate action possible. That’s especially important today, more than ever. To ensure that the shift to a climate-friendly future is affordable for everyone, the German government is granting people relief in other areas.
Climate action Immediate climate action programme for 2022
Germany adopted major new climate legislation in June 2021 that sets higher national emissions reduction targets for 2030 (at least 65%) and 2040 (at least 88%), with the goal of achieving net greenhouse gas neutrality by 2045. In addition, a new €8bn “immediate climate action programme” for 2022 will finance further measures to achieve the new climate targets.
Many companies, self-employed people and freelancers have been affected by closures and major revenue losses due to the coronavirus pandemic. Comprehensive assistance is available to support them.
Coronavirus Emerging from the crisis with full strength
VAT in Germany will be reduced for a temporary period starting on 1 July 2020. The German Bundestag and Bundesrat have passed the Coronavirus Tax Assistance Act, which implements key parts of Germany’s unprecedented stimulus package. On top of the reduced VAT rate, measures include a bonus for families with children as well as extensive tax relief for single parents, businesses and other …
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.