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12 Jan 2022, 13:50
Julian Wettengel

Promoting Green Deal beyond EU central issue for German G7 presidency – climate minister

Clean Energy Wire

Climate action tops the agenda of the German presidency of the G7 group of influential economies, which the new economy and climate ministry aims (BMWK) to use to improve greenhouse gas emissions reduction together with international partners, promote carbon pricing and speed up the energy transition. According to minister Robert Habeck, the idea of the European Union sustainable growth strategy Green Deal, should be promoted beyond the bloc. “For us, implementing climate action – what is known as the Green Deal – beyond Europe is the central issue during the G7 Presidency,” Habeck told a media conference. In its climate protection opening balance, the ministry said German G7 climate efforts would happen under the motto “Transforming now for 1.5C”, the key global warming limit of the Paris Climate Agreement. The German government aims to push for the establishment of an “open, cooperative global climate club”, and make the support of emerging economies and developing countries in their efforts to decarbonise a key issue of the presidency.

In leading the G7, Germany aims to strengthen international climate policy efforts by pushing for the establishment of a global “climate club” and new bilateral climate partnerships. Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Germany would use its year-long presidency, which began 1 January, “to make this group of countries a trailblazer for a climate-neutral economy and for a just world.”

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