On December 10, 2019, the Berlin Senate recognized a climate emergency, following a submission by former Climate Protection Senator Regine Günther. The Senate thus explicitly states that the increasing global warming represents a climate emergency, which requires additional efforts in climate protection, including at the Berlin city level.
By this, the German capital joined a growing number of cities in Germany and around the world that have declared a climate emergency to tackle the dramatic risks of global climate change.
The Berlin Senate is now committed to the climate protection goal set out in the Paris Agreement. It is defined there of limiting global warming to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial times, if possible.
To implement its climate emergency resolution, the Senate adopted a comprehensive plan of measures in June 2021 that includes increased climate action in the areas of buildings, transport and energy supply, as well as public facilities and companies.