The Federal Cabinet decided to establish the Commission on Growth, Structural Change and Employment. By December 2018, the Commission will prepare a roadmap for the phase-out of coal, which will ensure that the short-, medium- and long-term climate targets are achieved. The Commission will also submit proposals for structural development in the affected regions that will serve to strengthen growth and employment. The members include representatives of environmental associations, trade unions, economic and energy associations, the affected regions and science. The composition of the Commission shows that the German Government is serious about bringing important stakeholders in society together and reaching a consensus-driven agreement on the phase-out of coal-based power.
During her inaugural trip to Brussels, Svenja Schulze advocates close cooperation on environmental protection and climate action. She met with Commissioners Karmenu Vella, Miguel Arias Cañete and Vytenis Andriukaitis to discuss climate, environmental and health policy.
The GreenTech Atlas 2018 confirms that green products and services are on the rise with a global market volume of 3,200 billion euros in 2016. In total German enterprises have a 14 percent share in the global market for environmental technology and resource efficiency. Furthermore, environmental technology and resource efficiency are global drivers for sustainable development.
The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) published its fifth reports on status of biodiversity. Biological diversity is in decline in all regions of the world. This alarming trend endangers not only the environment, but also our economies, food security and the quality of life of people everywhere.
Progress towards implementation of the Paris Agreement
At the beginning of May representatives from all over the world met in Bonn to prepare the climate change conference in Katowice, Poland. The aim was to develop detailed rules for the Paris Agreement and initiate more effective climate action in the various countries. The German Government will advance the international political debate on the implementation of the Paris Agreement with the Petersberg Climate Dialogue.
State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth was participating in the fourth Bonn Challenge Latin America meeting in Guatemala City. The goal of the meeting was to achieve global reforestation for ecological and economic reasons. Central American countries have pledged to restore more than 16 million hectares of forests and forest landscapes by 2020. The Latin American region has pledged a total of 56 million hectares.
Svenja Schulze met with her Polish counterpart Henryk Kowalczyk for the first time in Warsaw to prepare the Petersberg Climate Dialogue. The two countries will jointly host the event. The meeting between the two ministers also focussed on the status of the energy transition in Germany and energy policy in Poland as well as nature and species conservation issues in both countries.