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Germany plans to phase out coal use by 2030, eight years ahead of schedule, as part of its latest climate pledge. That same year, the country wants 80% of its electricity to come from renewable sources. Speak German Social Democratic Party leader Olaf Scholz on Wednesday announced the plan as part of a deal that will see the former vice-chancellor rule the country at the head of a tripartite coalition of the Greens and Free Democrats .

Germany’s September 28 national election saw the Greens claim 118 seats in the Bundestag, making it the party’s best performance ever. Scholz is expected to give Greens leader Annalena Baerbock the post of foreign minister. Moreover, it is likely that the co-leader of the Greens, Robert Habeck, will get the post of vice-chancellor and the chance to oversee the country’s energy transition.

Notably, the coalition has not set a more aggressive emission reduction target. By 2030, the country still plans to reduce its emissions by 65% ​​from 1990 levels. According to an estimate by the association, Germany must reduce its greenhouse gas production by at least 70% by the end of the decade to achieve the 1.5 degree Celsius target proposed by the Paris Agreement.

Moreover, by concluding an agreement with the Social Democratic Party, the Greens made an important compromise. Through , the country will use natural gas to facilitate the transition from coal to renewable energies. Critics also say the coalition has had to do more to push the adoption of electric vehicles. The government only plans to have 15 million electric vehicles on German roads by 2030. “It doesn’t sound like a coalition for progress,” said Christoph Bautz, director of Campact. . “The climate movement will have to keep pushing the coalition to truly make it a climate government. “

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on Engadget.


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