CDRterra comments on the EU's 2040 climate target

Feldarbeiten bei hoher Trockenheit

On February 6th, 2024, CDRterra researchers Julia Pongratz and Oliver Geden were guests at the Science Media Center Germany. As part of a press briefing, they answered questions about the climate targets for 2040 recently published by the EU.

Among other things, the discussion focused on the question of which EU countries are particularly well positioned and which countries have more catching up to do in order to achieve the climate targets. They also talked about the role of negative emission technologies in achieving the targets and what impact the climate targets will have on the agricultural sector in the EU. Oliver Geden said that the agricultural sector is a “major problem case” in terms of climate policy, as in some countries agricultural emissions cannot be offset through carbon dioxide removal. Julia Pongratz also sees changes in the agricultural sector and eating habits as a “major lever, because the majority of agricultural land is used for meat production”.

German Articles on the event were published in the Standard on February 7th, in the Süddeutsche Zeitung on February 9th, 2024 and in the Tagesspiegel on February 13th, 2024.

Watch the recording of the press briefing here (German).

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