Greenhouse-gas neutral Germany 2050

Friday, 24 March 2017 - 10:30am to 11:30am

The German Climate Protection Plan 2050, adopted in November 2016, confirmed Germany's 2050 target of reducing emissions by 80 to 95% to enable extensive greenhouse gas neutrality by 2050. Under the interim target for 2030, Germany's total greenhouse gas emissions need to be reduced by at least 55 percent compared to 1990 by 2030 at the latest - with detailed sectoral targets: energy sector (61-62% reduction by 2030 compared to 1990), buildings (66-67%), transport (40-42%), industry (49-51%), and agriculture (31-34%). The Climate Action Plan introduces a paradigm shift. In the future, renewable energies and energy efficiency will be the standard for investments. In this way, the Climate Action Plan 2050 creates the necessary conditions to keep Germany's economy competitive in a decarbonising world. 

Dr. Ursula Fuentes Hutfilter was one of the architects behind the German Climate Protection Plan 2050. In this seminar, Dr. Fuentes Hutfilter will provide an insight regarding the state-federal interactions, the inclusion of municipalities, associations and citizens and the merit and approach towards sectoral targets. The english summary of the German Climate Protection Plan 2050 is available here

Event Location: 
Seminar Room, LAB-14
700 Swanston St
Parkville, VIC 3010

Dr. Ursula Fuentes Hutfilter is presently on leave from her senior position at the German Federal Ministry for the Environment. From 2013 until January 2017 she was Head of Unit for Strategic Aspects of Climate Policy and the National Climate Plan at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Germany, where she has been responsible for general and strategic aspects of climate policy, as well as for the development of the German domestic climate plans and programmes at national level. Previously she was in charge of managing, building up and developing the National Climate Initiative, a funding programme for innovative climate technologies and projects for local communities, small-scale businesses and consumers. From 2003 to 2010, she held positions in units on International Climate Policy of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, inter alia as Head of German Delegation to the IPCC (Fourth Assessment Report Cycle, Initiative on Special Report on Renewable Energy) and as an Issue Leader for the EU Negotiation Team to the UNFCCC, focussing on overall mitigation strategy, forestry (REDD/LULUCF), shared vision/ultimate objective, scientific and strategic aspects. She holds a PhD in Atmospheric Physics (1998) and a degree in Physics from Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, Germany.