Germany is officially a Party to the Paris Agreement. On 5 October at the United Nations in New York, the German Government deposited its instrument of ratification along with the European Commission and other EU Member States. The Paris Agreement enters into force 30 days after the point at which at least 55 countries representing a minimum of 55 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions have deposited their instruments of ratification. A symbolic handover ceremony with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon took place in Hamburg this on 7 October. Federal Environment Minister Hendricks gave a speech in honour of the UN Secretary-General, who was presented with the German National Sustainability Award. During the ceremony, Minister Hendricks also presented Ban Ki-moon with a replica of the German instrument of ratification..
Barbara Hendricks welcomed the European Commission's proposal to distribute efforts to achieve the joint European climate action target for 2030 among the Member States. In the Paris Agreement, the European Union committed itself to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 percent by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. The Commission proposes a climate target for each EU Member State for the sectors that do not participate in emissions trading. Energy production and industry are not affected. A second legislative proposal of the European Commission deals with forests and soils.
CITES Conference in Johannesburg concludes successfully
Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks gave a positive assessment of the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (COP 17) in Johannesburg. The key outcome of the conference was the firm rejection of international ivory trade. For the first time, the international community is focussing clearly on the fight against poaching, which will be driven forward with national ivory action plans requiring verification.
First meeting of the Global Restoration Council in Bonn
With its first official meeting on 20 and 21 July, a high-level international initiative for forest conservation, the Global Restoration Council, was launched in Bonn on the invitation of Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks. The council brings together luminaries from the fields of politics, civil society and business. In 2011, the German Environment Ministry and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature launched the Bonn Challenge, an international initiative and action platform aiming at the restoration of 150 million hectares of degraded forest by 2020.
Detection of chemicals in everyday products, such as flame retardants and plasticisers, is being further improved. The Federal Environment Ministry and the Federal Environment Agency are working together with the German Chemical Industry Association to develop the necessary methods. These three organisations have been cooperating together in this field since 2010. To date, 14 detection methods have already been developed for industrial chemicals which could not previously be measured in the human organism.
For two days, Berlin hosted a unique international environmental happening. "Environmental Policy 3.0 - the Festival of the Future", the event held on 10 and 11 September on the grounds of the Schöneberg gasometer (EUREF Campus), marked the Federal Environment Ministry’s 30th anniversary. At the invitation of Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks more than 100 organisations, associations and environmental initiatives from Germany and abroad presented topics, key areas of work and ideas they would like to see reflected in the environmental policy of the future.
With the support of the German Government’s International Climate Initiative, a workshop on approaches to operating and planning electricity systems with higher shares of variable renewable energy in the island nation of Cuba took place from the 24th to 26th of August. Experts, planners and operators identified key issues and challenges which need to be addressed in order to reliably operate Cuba’s electricity grid. State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth attended the workshop in Havanna hosted by the government of Cuba and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
Germany submits sustainable develoment report to UN
Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter, Parliamentary State Secretary in the German Environment Ministry, and Thomas Silberhorn, Parliamentary State Secretary in the German Development Ministry, presented Germany's first report on the implementation of the global Sustainable Development Goals to the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in New York. Germany is one of the first countries to report on its efforts to implement the goals, which were adopted in 2015.
Facts, Trends and Incentives for German Climate Policy
Climate Action in Figures 2016
This publication provides information on the current status of German climate action efforts. The first part covers international, European and national climate targets. The second part presents trends in greenhouse gases over the course of time in various contexts, alongside current developments in renewable energy and energy efficiency. The third part deals with the economic effects. The fourth and last part deals with climate action in social contexts.
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