NRW Government Adopts Draft of First Climate Protection Plan

The government of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) adopted the draft of the first Climate Protection Plan (Klimaschutzplan) for NRW. The plan sets out strategies and measures to reach the goals of the Climate Protection Act which the state parliament passed in 2013.

According to the Climate Protection Act, total greenhouse gas emissions in NRW shall be reduced by at least 25% by 2020 and by at least 80% by 2050 compared with 1990.

The Climate Protection Plan comprises 54 strategies and 154 measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well as 66 adaptation measures to the inevitable consequences of climate change relating to the following six areas:

  • Energy conversion
  • Manufacturing trade and industry
  • Buildings and commerce, trade and services
  • Transportation
  • Agriculture, forests and soil
  • Private households

Concerning energy conversion the Climate Protection Plan states (cf. page 245) that by 2025 renewable power production shall account for more than 30% of total power production. Besides it says that until a reliable energy supply based on renewable resources can be provided, fossil power plants were still needed. Hence the government wanted to increase the efficiency and flexibility of power plants. The plan also contains ideas for further CO2 reductions of conventional power plants (cf. page 60). In addition the share of highly efficient combined heat and power in the power supply shall rise from 13% to at least 25% by 2020, for example by more small decentralised combined heat and power plants (Blockheizkraftwerke) and the enlargement and the strengthening of the district heating network.

The Climate Protection Plan was a call for action for the government, the plan says. For the other stakeholders it was an option to benefit with regard to support, R&D, information and consulting as well as education and training. The plan also states that the government does not intend to make parts of the Climate Protection plan binding during the election cycle (Legislaturperiode) which lasts until 2017 (cf. page 240).

An advisory committee and scientific monitoring shall accompany the implementation of the measures. If needed the plan shall be amended and updated every five years.

Environmental groups, industry associations, unions, churches and other stakeholders are asked to comment. Comments will be reviewed and the plan amended if necessary. After that the plan will be submitted once again to the government and subsequently to the state parliament.

Source: NRW

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