The High Court of Australia, the supreme court in the Australian court hierarchy and the final court of appeal in Australia.
Germany’s highest court ruled Thursday the government needs to set clear targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions beyond 2030, arguing that current legislation does not reach far enough to ensure climate change is confined to an acceptable level.
Several individuals from Germany and other countries (assisted by environmental groups) had filed four petitions with the Constitutional Court, arguing that their rights would be affected by the lack of adequate targets beyond the next decade.
Germany, like other countries in the European Union, is aiming for a 55% reduction in emissions from 1990 levels by 2030.
Laws adopted in 2019 set concrete objectives for sectors such as housing and transport during this period, but not the long-term target to reduce emissions to “net zero” by 2050.
‘The regulations irreversibly pushed a very high burden of emissions reduction into the period after 2030,’, the judges concluded in their ruling.