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2.2 The national sustainability strategy

In contrast, the national sustainability strategy of the German Federal Republic looks very positive (officially). It will be shown below here, because it not only valuable facts with regard to the now state of sustainability in Germany are represented, but also the perspectives become clear. The subsequent comparison of statistical figures on EU-level perspective, however, is thinking this partly in relative terms.

The German sustainability strategy was adopted in 2002. Since it determines the course for sustainable development in Germany. It bears the title "Perspectives for Germany" and includes specific tasks and objectives.

Guidelines of the national sustainability strategy are intergenerational equity, quality of life, social cohesion and international responsibility. These guidelines indicators were determined with medium-term and long-term targets in the strategy. Examples: reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 to fall by 40 percent, the share of renewables in energy consumption to 60 percent by 2050 and by 2015 a quarter of the carriage of goods take place on the rail.

Germany wins now a quarter of electricity consumption from renewable energy sources. This reduces greenhouse gas emissions dramatically. Compared with 1990, they are already in 2012 decreased by 25.5 percent.