Germany’s role as a host of this year’s UN climate conference “left a question mark for many diplomats” at the COP23 in Bonn, Jürgen Polzin writes in an op-ed for the Hamburger Abendblatt. That Germany is still ruled by a provisional government and Chancellor Angela Merkel remains vague on the future of coal are irritating factors, Polzin says. But the good news is that UN members are confronting the “harsh reality of climate negotiations” following success in Paris 2015. “Germany’s example shows just how much of a challenge the energy transition is,” he writes. Yet the many companies presenting climate-friendly solutions at COP23 showed “climate protection does not only mean abstinence” but also offers numerous business opportunities, he adds.
Read the commentary in German here.
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