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19.04.2018

German-Japanese cooperation on transforming transport

Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter kicks off the 9th German-Japanese Dialogue Forum on Environment and Energy in Berlin.

Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter kicks off the 9th German-Japanese Dialogue Forum on Environment and Energy

Around 20 percent of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions are caused by the transport sector, and this share is growing. The ninth German-Japanese Dialogue Forum on Environment and Energy focusses on methods for implementing the transformation of transport necessary for climate policy. The two-day event was opened today in Berlin by Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Environment Ministry. The ninth Dialogue Forum is devoted to the topic "Low emission transport systems and effective use of renewable energies in the transport sector".

Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter commented: "In our cooperation with Japan, our goal is to exchange know-how and experience, in particular with regard to electrification of transport, innovative technologies and new mobility concepts. Japan and Germany face similar challenges and opportunities in climate action. One thing is clear: sustainable mobility is one of the leading markets for innovative environmental tech in our economies, making it a driver for jobs, growth and higher quality of life."

In Germany and around the world, it is proving very difficult to reduce climate-damaging emissions in the transport sector. In Germany, transport-related greenhouse gas emissions have stagnated for years. Last year they increased by 2.3 percent. The ninth German-Japanese Dialogue Forum on Environment and Energy focusses on measures that can lead to a real transformation in transport. The potential paths range from increasing efficiency, electric vehicles and the use of renewable energy all the way to more flexible use of modes of transport, new mobility concepts and digital solutions.

19.04.2018 | Pressreport No. 080/18 | Bilateral Cooperation