The initiatives and activities in Berlin to protect the climate and the environment are complemented by the Integrated Energy and Climate Protection Programme (IEKP) of the German Federal Government. The IEKP names concrete measures and implementation stages, as well as the CO2 reduction targets linked to this, and thus it sets the basis for a successful reduction in greenhouse gas emissions on local and national scales.
Berlin's climate policy takes into account the national framework directives and laws. In addition to the CO2 savings targets, the scientific knowledge with regard to the sustainable development of the climate is also considered in the climate policy's direction. In order to halt climate change, the requirements for more climate protection have to be taken into consideration in all areas of society. In Berlin, the building and mobility sectors, as well as the efficient supply of heat and electricity are particularly important in achieving the climate policy targets. Berlin's climate protection policy is designed as an interdepartmental administrative tool that is applicable to all fields of activity in the Federal State of Berlin.