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Deutsche und Europäische Klimapolitik

Deutschland und die EU leisten derzeit weder ihren Klimaschutz-Beitrag, der einen gefährlichen Klimawandel abwenden hilft, noch kooperieren sie ausreichend mit anderen Ländern zu Klimaschutz und -anpassung. Germanwatch fordert Handeln auf nationaler und auf EU-Ebene ein und unterstützt dies aktiv.

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Cover: Business Declaration
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Ensuring innovation and reliable investment conditions: The next German government must make climate policy a top priority

Declaration of German businesses on the coalition talks

52 major and medium-sized businesses of Germany call at the next German government to do better and more on reaching German and EU climate targets. Amongst the signatories are Adidas, Aldi, Deutsche Telekom, E.on, Hochtief, Metro, Nestlé, SAP and Siemens. Several industry players plus companies being energy intensive or invested into coal have come on board the declaration. Together, they represent more than 500,000 employees in Germany and about 1.5 million globally. >> mehr
Bild: Germanwatch Pressemitteilung
Pressemitteilung
6. July 2017

From almost good to very weak: Highly diverse climate scores for the G20 countries

Italy, Brazil and France rank, albeit with some concessions, as best in class ahead of Germany – while the US and Saudi Arabia can be found at the lower end. So far no country in the G20 is on track to meet the Paris climate goals.

The G20 collectively are still far removed from demonstrating responsible stewardship in the area of climate protection. Yet individual countries – both traditional industrial nations such as Italy, France and to some extent Germany as well, and emerging economies like Brazil and India – have indicated possible pathways to decarbonization. This is the key insight provided by the G20 Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI), introduced by Germanwatch, the Climate Action Network (CAN) and the NewClimate Institute today. A day ahead of the G20 summit in Hamburg, the member states have highly diverse scores within the ranking. >> mehr
Photo: Brown to Green Forum Berlin
Meldung
23. February 2017

Brown to Green Forum, 26 January 2017, Berlin

How to raise ambition in climate action in G20 countries?

The Brown to Green Forum discussed with high-level representatives and experts from G20 countries how to increase ambition for climate action in the G20. It explored policy options, opportunities and new coalitions within the G20 and particularly discussed the role of the financial sector to drive the shift from fossil-fuel to low-carbon investments. Climate Transparency further presented a comparison of G20 countries’ climate action. >> mehr
Bild: Germanwatch Pressemitteilung
Pressemitteilung
24. November 2016

Climate suit against RWE: Regional court will decide on December 15

After the initial hearing at the regional court in Essen, the civil chamber will announce on December 15 whether the first European civil court climate case against a big emitter will proceed to the evidentiary phase. The Peruvian mountain guide Saúl Luciano Lliuya wants to achieve that the energy giant RWE covers a share of the preventative measures against climate effects needed in his hometown.

In the “climate suit” of Peruvian mountain guide and small farmer Saúl Luciano Lliuya against RWE, the regional court in Essen has announced that it will decide on December 15 whether the suit will proceed to the evidentiary phase. Thus it remains unclear whether, for the first time, a German civil court will probe in detail the question to what extent big contributors to climate change must pay for the costs of preventative measures against the risks that others face in the course of global climate change. The claimant Saúl Luciano Lliuya and his attorney Dr. Roda Verheyen (Hamburg) are optimistic. “In an open proceeding, we laid out why our claims are valid and legitimate, and why this is a matter that the regional court must consider”, says attorney Roda Verheyen. >> mehr
Bild: Germanwatch Pressemitteilung
Pressemitteilung
16. November 2016

Climate Change Performance Index 2017: Global energy transition has started

Emerging economies catch up / European countries loose speed / Japan, Australia and Canada worst performers of all industrialized countries

With the historic Paris Agreement having recently entered into force, this year’s Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) 2017 confirms a boost for renewable energy and positive developments in energy efficiency. While these encouraging trends are happening on a global scale, the necessary energy revolution is still happening too slowly. Jan Burck, Germanwatch, key author of the CCPI comments: "The conditions for a global energy revolution have never been better. Due to the falling costs of renewable energy and efficiency technologies, national governments have no more excuses not to enshrine the Paris Agreement into national law." >> mehr
Cover Statement Decarbonisation Plan 2050
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Major German Businesses Demand Ambitious Implementation of Paris Agreement

Business Statement on Germany’s Draft 2050 Low-Carbon Plan (unauthorised translation)

More than 40 major businesses and trade associations are demanding more climate ambition and a bold implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement in Germany. The companies, from a large variety of sectors, are encouraging the German government to adopt a long-term Decarbonisation Plan with a climate target at the upper end of the current target range of an 80 to 95 per cent reduction in greenhouse gases by 2050. Businesses need interim sector targets for the power, buildings, industry, transport and agriculture sectors, write the signatories, amongst them the construction major Hochtief, the electricity producer EnBW, the retailer Metro and Commerzbank. The declaration was coordinated by the business associations Foundation 2° and B.A.U.M. as well as the development and environment NGO Germanwatch. >> mehr
Cover: Brown to Green
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Brown to Green: Assessing the G20 transition to a low-carbon economy

A Climate Transparency Report supported by Germanwatch

The report, “Brown to Green: Assessing the G20 transition to a low-carbon economy” has been produced by Climate Transparency, and written by a range of international experts and was launched at a press conference in Beijing. With climate change high on this year’s G20 agenda, along with green finance, the assessment looks at a range of indicators on climate action, including investment attractiveness, investment in renewable energy, climate policy, the carbon intensity of both the energy and electricity sectors of the G20 economies, of their fossil fuel subsidies and their contributions to climate finance. >> mehr
Brown to Green: Development of Key Indicators
Pressemitteilung
1. September 2016

G20 not yet on the necessary transition from a “brown” to “green” economy

The G20 needs to make more effort to move to a green, low-carbon economy, especially in the areas of coal power expansion and climate policy, but is beginning to head in the right direction. This is the key result of a comprehensive assessment of G20 climate action, released in Beijing today ahead of the G20 summit in China this weekend. The report, “Brown to Green: Assessing the G20 transition to a low-carbon economy” has been produced by Climate Transparency, and written by a range of international experts and was launched at a press conference in Beijing. >> mehr
Foto: Pressekonferenz in der Ukraine
Meldung
2. August 2016

Germanwatch Visits Conflict and Coal Region of Donbas, Ukraine

More International Energy Efficiency and Green Energy Cooperation Could Help to Overcome Major Conflict Drivers

The Donbas is extremely important now and in upcoming decades for two things: securing peace in Europe and the energy transition from oil, gas and coal to energy efficiency and renewable energy. In order to improve a solution to the current conflict in the Donbas through new economic perspectives, Ukraine and Germany/the EU should urgently and significantly enhance cooperation on the low-carbon transition of the Donbas. The Germanwatch conclusions in detail here. >> mehr
Cover Soft Power for Solar Power
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Soft Power for Solar Power: Germany’s New Climate Foreign Policy

This study offers an analysis of Germany’s relatively new efforts to integrate climate change into its foreign policy agenda, with a focus on its government players at a national level. It is an initial step towards filling in gaps in understanding and deepening the discussion about Germany’s unique climate diplomacy experience. The author concludes that in some areas, such as the G7, German climate diplomacy has been surprisingly effective, while in other areas it has made less progress, including fostering EU level climate diplomacy and engaging with foreign non-governmental players. >> mehr

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