A report by DPG reviews15 years of climate policy in Germany (1990-2005) and looks 15 years ahead (2005-2020). Germany's emissions are only 3-4% of global emissions, and hence Germany's climate policy only makes sense in a context of setting a leadership example on the international scene, while developing a next export sector for business.
Germany already has failed to meet its much publicised 2005 target of 25% reduction compared to 1990, and is set on a course to miss its 2020 target of 40% reduction. A key factor is the nuclear phaseout, which will lead to 112 million tonne additional emissions. The report pleads for keeping the nuclear park open, and for solar thermal power plats in South Germany.