A picture taken on Dec. 29, 2014 shows steam rising from a coke producing plant in Bottrop, western Germany. (AFP/PATRIK STOLLARZ)
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The German government has watered down its CO2 reduction targets for industry and utilities in the final version of its climate action plan, a document seen by Reuters Friday showed, after the ruling coalition's junior partner opposed tougher goals.The government is now calling for the industrial sector to cut its CO2 emissions by only 20 percent by 2030 compared with 2014, according to the document.The plan sets out how Europe's biggest economy expects to move away from fossil fuels and meet its objective of cutting CO2 emissions by 95 percent by 2050 . A leader of the Greens party, Anton Hofreiter, criticized the watered-down goals as another example of how Germany, which once considered itself a leader in climate protection, has gone off course.
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