Call for programmes in the areas of global climate and biodiversity conservation
The BMU has launched a new call for thematic oriented programme ideas on ambitious climate and biodiversity conservation in developing countries and emerging economies. The aim is to select programmes from twelve thematic areas, including the phase-out of coal, innovative financing mechanisms, the efficient use of renewable energies, and the conservation of biological diversity. The International Climate Initiative (IKI) is funding the call and is in charge of the selection procedure. Organisations must form large alliances and submit joint programme outlines in order to be eligible for programme funding between 5 and 20 million euros. Outlines can be submitted until 18 July 2019 (midnight CEST).
Project support for climate action and partnership in Europe
The BMU launched a third call for project ideas advancing cross-border cooperation on climate action between European non-profit organisations. The European Climate Initiative (EUKI) heads the project call on behalf of the ministry. Project ideas can be submitted until 12 April 2019.
15 March 2019 | UNEA focuses on more sustainable life styles
Fourth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly
At its fourth session, the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA 4) adopted 23 resolutions that will contribute to more environmentally-sound production and consumption patterns worldwide. State Secretary Flasbarth invited other ambitious countries to work on the next steps towards enhanced cooperation to prevent plastic waste.
14 March 2019 | Future of global chemicals management
Sustainability in international chemicals management
Germany advocated greater sustainability in chemicals management at the fourth United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA 4). The BMU invited political decision-makers and experts from around the world to discuss the future of chemicals management beyond 2020. The German government is also hosting the fifth session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM5) in Bonn in October 2020.
The Packaging Act: Less packaging – more recycling
As of 1 January 2019, far-reaching new rules apply to the disposal of packaging in Germany. Considerably more packaging must be recycled. A key element of the legislation is the new Central Packaging Registry LUCID. Using LUCID, every citizen can check the extent to which manufacturers are fulfilling their product responsibility. Currently more than 130,000 businesses have signed on to the registry.
Globally applicable rulebook for climate action adopted
After three years of negotiations, the international community agreed at COP24 on a joint rulebook for implementing the Paris Agreement. From 2024, uniform binding minimum standards will be applied to how countries report their greenhouse gas emissions and other climate measures. From 2023, a global stocktake on the progress made in climate action will be carried out every five years. The rulebook agreed in Katowice specifies which information must be included in this stocktake.
This brochure provides a holistic view of the ecological footprint of electric cars. With regard to the public debate surrounding diesel engines, the question as to which vehicles are actually eco-friendly is also examined.
This annual Climate Action Report lays out the implementation of key policy measures set out in the German Government´s Climate Action Programme 2020. It also reports on emission trends and detailed actions in policy areas such as agriculture and waste management and under the housing strategy for 2017.