May 14, 2019 / 8:49 AM / 5 days ago

Merkel vows to make Germany CO2 neutral by 2050

German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a spech at the start of the second day of the 10th Petersberger Klimadialog climate conference in Berlin, Germany, May 14, 2019. Tobias Schwarz/Pool via Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed on Tuesday to draw up a roadmap to make Germany CO2 neutral by 2050, urging a climate cabinet she chairs to find the best way to reach that goal.

“It’s about climate neutrality. This means that we should not ensure there are absolutely no CO2 emissions but that if there are still CO2 emissions, we must find alternative mechanisms to store this CO2 or offset it,” Merkel said.

“I therefore propose that we have a discussion in the climate cabinet about how we could reach the goal of being CO2 neutral by 2050 and the discussion should not be about whether we can reach that goal but about how we will reach it,” she added.

Reporting by Joseph Nasr; Editing by Michelle Martin

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