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 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.
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.
Climate action FAQs: Climate Action Programme 2030
Germany has made both national and international commitments to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by more than half by 2030, compared with 1990 levels. To this end, the German government has launched a comprehensive climate package. What are its key elements? How does carbon pricing work? And how much will all of this cost? Here are the answers to these and other important questions.
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.