Greenhouse gas emissions fell by 8.7 percent in 2020
Emissions data from the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) show that Germany released around 739 million metric tonnes of greenhouse gases in 2020 - around 70 million metric tonnes or 8.7 percent less than in 2019. The reduction in 2020 is the largest annual decrease since German unification in 1990. Progress has been made in all sectors, particularly in the energy industry. However, the available data also show that a good third of the reductions are due to the consequences of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
World Water Day: Minister Schulze invites international community to ministerial conference
The dialogue process "Bonn 2021 - Water Dialogue for Results" will culminate in an international ministerial conference on 1 July, 2021. The aim is a coordinated approach to accelerate implementation of the water-related goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze: "When it comes to water, the international community is increasingly facing extreme situations. The demand for water is on the rise all over the world. In light of this, we need a coordinated approach to prevent a global water crisis now more than ever."
Ministerial conference on combating marine and plastic litter announced
Every year, 12 million tonnes of plastic waste enter our oceans. In response, the environment ministers of Germany, Ecuador, Ghana and Vietnam are hosting an international ministerial conference against marine litter in September 2021 to promote a global agreement against marine litter and plastic waste pollution.
The German Council Presidency and the European Commission jointly submitted the higher Nationally Determined Contribution of the EU and its member states to the United Nations last year. By doing so, the EU commits to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 percent by 2030. Svenja Schulze: "It is a good day for global climate action. The EU is proving its commitment to the Paris Agreement once again. The new target means nothing less than doubling the pace of climate action in the EU this decade."
Preventing pandemics through global protection of biodiversity
The BMU is supporting two initiatives being implemented under the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP): The Biodiversity Finance Initiative will help fill COVID-19-related funding gaps for biodiversity conservation. The Indigenous Peoples' and Community Conserved Territories and Areas Global Support Initiative will be funded to help vulnerable indigenous peoples fight the coronavirus and increase conservation. The German government is thus underscoring its commitment to biodiversity conservation and better pandemic prevention.
Germany's commitment to phasing out nuclear power continues
On the tenth anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze has presented a "12-point plan to complete the nuclear phase-out." The plan describes what further steps are needed to minimize nuclear risks for Germany even after the last German nuclear power plants are shut down at the end of 2022.
Germany joins High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People
Germany's joining was announced at the One Planet Summit for Biodiversity. This coalition is committed to protecting at least 30 percent of both the world's land and oceans by 2030. It was launched at the initiative of France and Costa Rica. Joining the High Ambition Coalition is an important milestone in the run-up to this year’s UN Biodiversity Conference and the adoption of an ambitious global biodiversity framework.
Green bonds are an important instrument to mobilise capital for the transition to an environmentally friendly and climate-neutral economy. The KfW group continues investing in green bonds under the mandate of the BMU. Its green bond portfolio has reached its two billion euros target.
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