The Council of Experts on Climate Change has a statutory mandate based on the Federal Climate Change Act, which came into force in December 2019 and was amended in May 2021. The Act serves to gradually reduce Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions and, in its current version, sets a reduction of at least 65 percent by 2030 compared to 1990.
The work of the Council of Experts on Climate Change in the implementation of the Federal Climate Change Act includes the following tasks:
The Council of Experts on Climate Change submits an evaluation of the published data to the Federal Government and the German Bundestag.
The members of the Council of Experts on Climate Change are appointed by the Federal Government as of 01.09.2020 for a period of five years. The Council is bound only by the mandate established by the Federal Climate Change Act and is independent in its activities.
The Council of Experts on Climate Change is supported in the fulfilment of its tasks by a Scientific Staff headed by a Secretary General.
In carrying out its work, the Council of Experts on Climate Change is supported by a Secretariat, which performs the executive activities.