According to DIW, German CO2 emissions in 1999 were down 15.5% on 1990 levels, the baseline year for the 2005 target. But it also shows that most of this reduction was achieved in the early 1990s, when the economy of the former East Germany suffered a huge economic contraction. Emissions fell 3% from 1998 to 1999, DIW reports, but it says that warmer weather masked an actual fall nearer to 1.8%.
"We will only get near the emission target if efforts on climate policy are rapidly and significantly intensified," the institute concluded in its report.
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