Germany Expected to Miss Carbon Dioxide Reduction Goals

Germany is well off course of its 2020 carbon dioxide emissions goals according to a study released on Thursday by the Agora Energiewende think tank. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government has pledged to reduce emissions by 40 percent by 2020 but will likely only achieve a 30 percent cut from 1990 levels. Germany is seen as the world’s most prominent force for emissions reductions, but the country’s departure from nuclear energy and costly transition to renewables will prevent Germany from meeting its obligations.