Although COP 25 did not deliver the progress needed, the conference concluded with agreement on the following: All contracting parties must update their NDCs for the coming decade and submit a 2050 long-term strategy by the next UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow at the end of 2020.
Federal Environment Minister Schulze said: "Madrid demonstrated once again that it requires a lot of strength to keep the countries of the world together, but if we want to combat global warming successfully, solidarity and the will for joint action are indispensable. The countries blocking progress must not be allowed to call the shots. Nevertheless, we have to pick up the pace in our fight against climate change."
The Federal Cabinet adopted the Climate Change Act. Germany is now the first country with a binding roadmap of this kind towards greenhouse gas neutrality. Germany's target to achieve greenhouse gas neutrality by 2050 is now enshrined in law.
Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze commented: "We decided to make Germany's climate targets legally binding for the first time. From now on, there will be clear provisions outlining what happens if a sector deviates from the agreed climate action path and who is responsible for taking corrective measures."
In the third call for project ideas under the "European Climate Initiative" (EUKI) of the Federal Environment Ministry, 18 new projects were selected for funding. The projects focus on local climate action, the fight against energy poverty, sustainable transport and climate-friendly tourism. In total, EUKI is financing projects in 25 EU countries with these funds.
11 November 2019 | International Climate Initiative
Best ideas for international climate action
The Federal Environment Ministry (BMU) has launched a global call to find the best ideas for international climate action. The aim is to support developing and emerging countries in their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 240 million euros are being made available from International Climate Initiative (IKI) funds for projects implementing the Paris Agreement. Most projects will receive between 15 and 20 million euros in funding.
New support program for local small-scale projects in developing countries
With funds from the International Climate Initiative (IKI), it was decided to launch a new funding programme for local projects for climate action and biodiversity conservation in developing countries. The "IKI Small Grants" fund will provide up to 100,000 euros for each project selected and aims to support more than 100 projects up to 2025.
The BMU has set up a new development fund together with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Twelve developing countries are to be supported in the implementation of their national climate targets in the areas of land use and agriculture.
UN Climate Change Conference: Germany supports Adaptation Fund with 30 million euros
At COP 25, 30 million euros were pledged to the Adaptation Fund. This fund supports adaptation measures in developing countries and for people affected by climate change in the various regions of the world. To date, the Adaptation Fund has approved over 100 projects and programmes worldwide with a total funding volume of 720 million US dollars.
Around 9.7 billion US dollars were made available for the Green Climate Fund (GCF). The Green Climate Fund is one of the key instruments to help developing countries reduce greenhouse gases and adapt to climate change. Germany has already doubled its contribution to 1.5 billion euros. Schulze: "We will not desert developing countries in the fight against climate change".
Power-to-X: "We need a global strategy for green hydrogen"
An international knowledge and networking platform founded by the BMU was announced at COP 25. The aim of the Power-to-X Secretariat is to expand international cooperation and the exchange of knowledge on sustainable synthetic fuels and raw materials from green electricity (Power-to-X). The objective is to create a global strategy to support, for instance, climate friendly shipping.
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