News Digest Item
11 May 2018

German government looks ahead as Bonn climate talks disappoint expectations

Clean Energy Wire

Eleven days of climate negotiations in the city of Bonn have failed to deliver a draft text for the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement implementation guidelines. While the different text proposals had become more concrete and short, and the process of creating the so-called rulebook was “on the right track”, the process needed to “clearly pick up speed”, according to state secretary in the German environment ministry Jochen Flasbarth. Negotiators scheduled an extra session for Bangkok in September to provide more time to discuss the mass of technical details. The German government said it was “moderately optimistic” that outstanding political issues could be dealt with at additional government meetings ahead of the final deadline at COP24 in Katowice, Poland, in December. The German and Polish governments will jointly host a group of ministers at the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin in June as a first step toward creating the political backing necessary for a successful conference in Poland.

For background, read the CLEW article Germany wants transparent global climate reporting to ensure trust and the dossier COP23 climate summit – All eyes on Germany.

Note: The Clean Energy Wire will publish an article on this topic later today.

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