Coordinated Dutch-German climate action is critical for Europe – researchers
Energy Post / Clean Energy Wire
Coordinated action on climate by Germany and the Netherlands is critical for Europe, several researchers wrote ahead of a joint German-Dutch climate cabinet meeting on 22 August in an article on energypost.eu. Joint CO₂ pricing strategies to initialise the eventual inclusion of transport and buildings sectors in the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), large-scale research and development funding required for Europe's deep decarbonisation and a joint minimum price on carbon could be among the main benefits of cooperation, wrote Jan Frederik Braun from The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, Michael Pahle from the Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impact Research, and Mart van Bracht from Topsector Energy.
A spokesperson of the German government confirmed to Clean Energy Wire that the meeting would take place, but said the detailed agenda had not yet been agreed upon.
The Netherlands was one of several countries that appealed to Germany and other EU member states to step up its support for European climate action. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has repeatedly mentioned the Netherlands as a key partner for a possible coalition of the willing for CO₂ pricing strategies for sectors not covered by the ETS.