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Country profileGermany (Nordrhein-Westfalen): Climate Protection Law Nordrhein-Westfalen.

Original title: Klimaschutzgesetz Nordrhein-Westfalen (Klimaschutzgesetz NRW).
Date of text: 29 January 2013.
Entry into force notes: The present Law enters into force on 7 February 2013.
Type of text: Legislation

Available web site: www.nrw.de
Full text available (German): ger127153.doc

The purpose of the present Act is to establish climate protection objectives and the creation of a legal framework for the development, implementation, monitoring, reporting and updating of climate protection and adjustment measures. This shall improve the climate protection in Nordrhein-Westfalen, limit the negative effects of climatic changes on the environment and contribute to national and international efforts. The text consists of 10 articles as follows: Purpose of the Law (1); Definition of terms (2); Climate change objectives (3); Implementation of climate change objective by regional government (4); Climate protection on behalf of other public bodies (5); Climate protection plan (6); Climate-neutral regional administration (7); Monitoring (8); Advisory Council Climate Change Nordrhein-Westfalen (9); Entry into force, duty to notify (10).

Descriptors (Air & Atmosphere): pollution control; climate change; ozone layer; air quality/air pollution; institution