Emissions Reduction Target
Coal Phase-Out Target
Emissions by Source
The city of Berlin aims to become climate neutral by 2050 i.e. to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 85 percent until 2050 compared to the year 1990. On route, it is intended to see a reduction of at least 40 percent until 2020 and at least 60 percent until 2030. Berlin is also working towards ending coal based electricity and heat generation: lignite-based power has been phased out in 2017 and black coal-based power will be by 2030. Furthermore, it is also planned to bring about change in the transport sector, which means to move away from combustion engine technology and to reduce emissions from motorized private transport by various measures. Moreover, in order to lead by example, the public administration is supposed to organize itself in such a manner, so that it will work carbon-neutral by 2030, for example in regard to the electricity consumed in administrative buildings, the vehicle fleets and business trips. Also the public building stock will be considered.
These climate goals and instruments have been made legally binding by the Berlin Energy Turnaround Act as amended in 2017. The various measures and strategies on route to climate neutrality are set out in the Berlin Energy and Climate Protection Programme 2030, with approval by the Berlin Senate and Parliament. It is the “roadmap” towards climate neutrality, in which about 100 specific strategies and measures in different fields of action (from energy to buildings and urban development, private households and their consumption, to mobility and business as well as adaptation to the consequences of climate change) are defined. The programme is based on several scientific studies and recommendations as well as on the results of a large-scale public consultation. Its implementation has been equipped with additional funds. It will be subject to a monitoring and will be updated on a regular basis. The implementation will also be observed by an independent advisory body, the Berlin Climate Protection Council.