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How Germany, France and Italy compare on net zero emission targets

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By illuminem briefings

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🗞️ Driving the news: Germany, France, and Italy, the three biggest EU economies, are aiming for net-zero emissions around the mid-century, yet are struggling to meet their ambitious environmental goals due to various internal and sector-specific challenges

🔭 The context: Germany intends to achieve net-zero by 2045 but faces opposition and policy disagreements 
• France, with a 2050 net-zero goal, has made substantial progress due to its nuclear fleet but struggles with agricultural emissions and public opposition to fuel taxes
• Finally, Italy is aiming for 2050 while relying heavily on fossil gas and being slow in clean energy development

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The commitments and struggles of these major EU economies highlight the global challenges in balancing economic interests, public opinion, and environmental imperatives
• Their success or failure will have significant ramifications for global emissions and the broader fight against climate change

⏭️ What’s next: The upcoming climate policies and reforms in these countries will be crucial in determining the pace and success of the transition to renewable energy, and will be closely watched by the international community for implications on global climate action

💬 One quote: “The IPCC has shown that global heating is entirely down to humans.” (Ajit Niranjan, The Guardian correspondent)

📈 One stat: In 2021, France emitted half as much greenhouse gas as Germany

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