Climate Change Act partially violates German Constitution – major emission reduction burdens may not be offloaded onto the future (April 2021)

Business and Human Rights Blog

In a ruling published on 29 April 2021 ("Ruling") the Federal Constitutional Court ("Constitutional Court" or "Court") held that the provisions of the German Federal Climate Change Act of 12 December 2019 (Bundes-Klimaschutzgesetz) ("Climate Change Act") governing national climate change targets and annual emission budgets until 2030, are incompatible with fundamental constitutional rights, since they lack sufficient specifications for further emission reductions from 2031 onwards. This article analyzes the key aspects of the Ruling and highlights its potential legal and practical consequences.

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