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.

Supreme court

The supreme court is the highest court within the hierarchy of courts in many legal jurisdictions. Other descriptions for such courts include court of last resort, apex court, (wikipedia)

Constitutional Court (Austria)

In Austria is the tribunal responsible for reviewing the constitutionality of statutes, the legality of ordinances and other secondary legislation, (wikipedia)

Luisa Neubauer

Luisa-Marie Neubauer is a German climate activist. She is one of the main organisers of the school strike for climate movement in Germany, (wikipedia)

Federal Constitutional Court

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The Federal Constitutional Court is the supreme constitutional court for the Federal Republic of Germany, established by the constitution or Basic Law of Germany. (wikipedia)