At this year's UN forum on sustainable development Germany called for a stronger focus on social inequalities and climate change: “The fights against climate change and poverty are closely interlinked”, Parliamentary State Secretary Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter noted. “Tackling both challenges requires joint action.” Each year high-level government and civil society representatives of the UN member states gather to review the progress on implementing the UN sustainable development goals of the 2030 agenda.
Schwarzelühr-Sutter: Paris Climate Agreement still primary focus
On 16 June the environment ministers of the G20 came together to adopt a communiqué on climate action, energy transition, marine litter and resource efficiency. They further affirmed their commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement and approved a common strategy for combatting the pollution of our oceans through plastic and other waste discharges.
Petersberg Climate Dialogue sends signal for joint progress on climate action
“Fulfilling the promise of Paris” was the theme of the tenth Petersberg Climate Dialogue, organised by Germany and Chile. Representatives of 35 countries discussed implementation and agreed that revised climate targets and long term strategies should be presented to the United Nations by 2020.
ICCA2019: Using the potential of cities for climate action
At the International Climate Action Conference (ICCA2019) in May over 1,000 participants sent a strong signal to the world: Together we can manage climate change, and climate-proof, sustainable cities are key to achieving this.
BMU launches global fund for local climate and biodiversity projects
A new programme of the Federal Environment Ministry is supporting climate and nature conservation projects in developing countries and emerging economies. The funding, which is specifically tailored to small-scale projects, focuses on the social aspects of structural change and on the empowerment of women.
IPBES: worldwide species loss threatens foundations of our lives
The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) released its global assessment report on the state of nature. Up to one million species are threatened with extinction.
Minister Schulze calls for swift implementation of EU rules on single-use plastics
In May the Council of the European Union adopted the Single-Use Plastics Directive. It includes a ban on selected single-use plastic products that end up as marine litter. Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulz assured: "In Germany, these products are to set vanish from our shelves even before 2021."
Germany votes for EU-wide CO2 fleet limits for lorries
On 13 June the Council of the European Union, with the support of Germany, agreed on an EU regulation limiting the CO2 emissions of tractors and lorries for the first time. Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulz calls this regulation an "important milestone for climate action in road haulage."
What is electromobility's true climate and environmental balance? Is the grid capable of charging several millions of electric vehicles? Does a changeover to electric motors mean massive job losses in the automotive industry? On the following pages, we address these and other questions and issues around electromobility on the road.
Facts and figures are important foundations for political decisions. For climate protection, annual data on the development of greenhouse gas emissions are the main compass used to guide environmental policy. This 2019 edition presents and explains current information on climate protection and gives an impression of Germany's diverse climate policy.
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