See update below
According to Reuters and Spiegel, the Grand Coalition of the CDU and SPD currently being formed in Germany is abandoning the emissions target of a reduction of 40% below 1990 levels by 2020. It had been obvious for some time that the target was not going to be met.
This is a big humiliation for Merkel, and shows the utter failure of her Energiewende programme, which I prefer to refer to as Energiewahnsinn (Energy madness), whereby nuclear power stations were closed down and replaced by windmills and coal mines.
They claim to be sticking to the even more implausible target of a 55% reduction by 2030. Who do they think they are kidding?
In related news, A huge church in a town called Immerath near the Dutch border is being knocked down today, to make way for a new lignite coal mine.
Update 12 Jan
It seems that the reports that the coalition is abandoning climate targets were a bit premature. There is a document published today about the talks, which says
Wir bekennen uns zu den Klimazielen 2020, 2030 und 2050. Die Handlungslücke zur Erreichung des Klimaziels 2020 wollen wir so schnell wie möglich schließen. Das Minderungsziel 2030 wollen wir auf jeden Fall erreichen.
We are committed to the 2020, 2030 and 2050 climate targets. We want to close the gap in action to achieve the 2020 climate target as soon as possible. We definitely want to achieve the 2030 reduction target.
It goes on to talk of a gradual reduction and ending of coal. And how are they going to do that? Yes, you guessed it, build even more wind turbines! Another 4GW of wind to be added in 2019-2020.