Ratifying and implementing Paris / Climate Action Plan for climate neutral economy
Germany will strive to get parliamentary approval for the ratification of the Paris Climate Agreement before the next climate summit gets underway in Marrakech in November 2016, environment minister Barbara Hendricks said at the opening press conference of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin. The format, which has been an annual fixture since 2010, will focus on how to implement climate protection measures necessary to fulfil the Paris pledge. A new government initiative will help developing countries to substantiate and implement their nationally determined contributions (NDCs) to the global climate effort, the ministries for environment and development announced.
The 35 countries attending will also discuss how future financial investments can be made consistent with climate targets, by leading them towards clean technologies, for example in the transport sector, Hendricks said. She said the Climate Action Plan 2050, which Germany is currently preparing, could pose as a model for similar roadmaps in other countries. Even without giving a clear end-date for coal usage in Germany, the latest draft plan was saying “completely unambiguously that we want to have a climate-neutral economy”, Hendricks said.