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How the Climate Protection Law Works

Climate Protection Law

How the Climate Protection Law Works

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Baden-Württemberg is one of the most robust and modern industrial regions in Europe. However, this also means that Baden-Württemberg emits a large amount of CO2 every year, contributing to global warming and climate change. This does not apply merely to industry; transportation and private households also contribute to the state’s total CO2 emissions to similar degrees. On average, each individual in the state is responsible for seven tons of CO2 emissions annually. That is nearly twice the global mean. And it is too much. Especially in light of the federal decision to phase out nuclear power, the solution for the electricity supply cannot be resorting to coal.

Ambitious Climate Protection Goals

By implementing the climate protection law in July 2013, the state is facing its responsibility for the climate. The law establishes that in comparison to the year 1990, greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced by at least one quarter by 2020 and by 90 per cent by 2050. These objectives will not be attained easily, but in light of progressing climate change, they are necessary.

The state is not merely setting goals, however. With the active participation of citizens and organisations, an Integrated Energy and Climate Protection Concept (IEKK) was decided on the 15th of July, 2014 by the State Parliament of Baden-Württemberg. The concept includes around 100 strategies and measures with which the ambitious climate protection objectives can be achieved. It thus serves as a guide to practical climate protection in the areas of electricity, heat, transportation, agriculture and forestry, as well as material flows.

Climate Protection is an Opportunity for this Business Location

The state wants to prove that a highly industrialised region such as Baden-Württemberg can implement systematic climate protection while also being economically successful. Renewable energy, environmental and climate protection technologies, sustainable mobility and resource-conserving machines and products made in Baden-Württemberg provide businesses in the state with great opportunities in growth markets worldwide. The ecological modernisation of business not only serves the climate, but also strengthens the business location, creates jobs with a future, and makes tomorrow’s prosperity possible.


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