News Digest Item
15 Nov 2017

Environmental organisations warn Jamaica coalition parties of “climate policy blackout”

DUH / Germanwatch / WWF / Greenpeace & others

Environmental organisations have warned Chancellor Angela Merkel and her negotiating partners at the ongoing Jamaica coalition talks for a new German government of risking a “climate policy blackout”. Merkel had to make “a clear commitment” to the transformation of the transport, energy, and agriculture sectors, given that government representatives from all around the world are in Germany to attend the UN’s COP23 climate conference “This includes a socially just coal exit,” the NGOs say, arguing that Germany had to reduce coal power capacity by 20 gigawatts (GW) by 2020. Christoph Bals of Germanwatch said some of the Jamaica coalition parties currently risked gambling away  the country’s “excellent” international reputation for climate protection ”by ignoring or playing down facts”.

Read the press release in German here.

See the CLEW article Merkel faces critical reception at COP23 and CLEW’s Coalition Watch for background.

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