“Germany must once again take on a leadership role

Consequences of climate change and industry: children carry drinking water home for kilometers © Hein Htet

Before the World Climate Conference, environmental organizations gave the Federal Republic of Germany a poor report card on climate policy. The environmental organization Germanwatch expects the next climate summit in Bonn to put prere on the German government.

This is necessary "so that Germany finally takes a leading role again in the implementation of climate policy," writes Germanwatch managing director Christoph Bals for the diocesan newspapers "Paulinus" (Trier) and "Der Pilger" (Speyer).

While the government has made a lot of constructive progress at the international level, he said. But, he said, there has been no progress in reducing carbon dioxide emissions: "The climate target for 2020, a reduction of 40 percent from 1990 levels, is in danger of being missed by a landslide."

Immediate measures needed

According to the executive director of Deutsche Umwelthilfe, Sascha Muller-Kraenner, it is already clear that the interim goal of a 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gases by 2020 "will in reality be achieved by 31 percent at best". Without immediate measures, the German target of an 18 percent share of renewable energies in total final energy consumption, which it has pledged to the EU, will also be missed by a wide margin, he said.

"This means that Germany is one of only five of 28 EU member states that are unlikely to meet their 2020 climate protection commitment," Muller-Kraenner said in another guest article for the two church newspapers.

Concrete steps demanded

In the new legislative period, an immediate program must be launched that includes an immediate phase-out of coal-fired power generation and a much faster expansion of renewable energies. The 23. World Climate Conference 2017 "COP 23" to be held from 6. to 17. November 2017 held in Bonn. Expected to be 15.000 to 20.000 participants, including diplomats and politicians from around the world.

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