Merkel vows to make Germany CO2 neutral by 2050

German Chancellor Angela Merkel raised the prospect of backing an EU target for carbon neutrality by 2050, as she addressed the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin on Tuesday, news wires reported. Merkel said she asked ministers in her cabinet to find a way for Germany to reach carbon neutrality by 2050, though such a path would not mean eliminating all emissions. Instead, Germany would compensate some emissions through afforestation and carbon capture.

"The discussion should not be about whether we can do it," the chancellor said, addressing representatives from 35 countries at the international climate forum. "Instead, it should be about how we can do it."If a "sensible answer" can be found to make this happen, Germany could get behind current calls to have the European Union set a climate neutrality target for 2050, she said. French President Emmanuel Macron recently indicated that his desired EU target was "zero carbon for (the year) 2050", DPA recalls. French President Emmanuel Macron recently indicated that his desired EU target was "zero carbon for (the year) 2050", DPA recalls.

Domestically, Merkel is under pressure from her junior coalition partners, the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD), to do more to meet Germany's goal of slashing emissions by 40% on 1990 levels by 2020.

The Petersberg Dialogue format was set up in 2010 in a bid to inject new energy into climate negotiations following the failure of a UN summit in Copenhagen a year earlier. The Berlin talks, co-hosted by Chile, are part of preparations for the COP25 summit set for December in the South American country.

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