Battle lines drawn on German energy policy

Industry and environment agency issue conflicting advice as new government coalition talks continue

German industry and the country's environment agency have given the new government conflicting prescriptions for future energy policies as the centre-left SPD and centre-right CDU/CSU coalition debates its platform.

On Monday, the German environment agency called for no let up in efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions. It would be feasible both economically and technologically to slash emissions 80% by 2050, it claimed. The key was to boost the renewable share of energy consumption to 50%.

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