01.11.2021 – 13:29
Future Gas e. V.
Working against the consequences of man-made climate change is probably the greatest challenge of our generation. The German gas industry is also looking to the international climate conference in Glasgow with great hope. At the start of COP26 in Glasgow, the industry association Zukunft Gas is calling for greater international integration of climate protection measures.
Effective climate protection can only be achieved through international cooperation. Germany accounts for around 2 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions and is therefore responsible. For the Federal Republic of Germany, however, there is also an opportunity to become a technological pioneer through innovations and also to act as a role model for other industrialized nations. At the same time, however, it is not possible to achieve the 1.5-degree target by going it alone nationally. For Dr. Timm Kehler, board member of the future gas industry association, therefore focuses on the global consideration of climate protection efforts: “If we allow, for example, the chemical or steel industry to relocate their production due to the CO2 pricing in the EU or their competitiveness compared to producers from other regions nothing is gained for climate protection. The aim of the World Climate Conference in Glasgow should therefore be to define suitable and, above all, binding measures with which carbon leakage can be prevented, i.e. the relocation of CO2-intensive production to countries with less stringent requirements. ”
Kehler sees the climate club brought up by Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz as positive. This club is intended to define minimum standards and motivate other countries to act together on climate protection. “A climate club with the largest CO2 emitters, the USA, China and India, would give international efforts to combat climate change a new boost,” said Kehler. “At the same time, a high level of climate protection must not be a location disadvantage that leads to the migration of important industries. A climate club can create a fair competitive framework for a globally effective, climate-neutral economy.” Kehler sees the establishment of a CO2 price system and the agreement on standards for measuring the CO2 content of products and materials as important first tasks for the creation of such a club.
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