02.11.2021 – 15:27
Federal Ministry of Education and Research
At COP26, the Federal Ministry of Research will present the latest results from climate research – with a focus on green technologies and sustainable finance
The 26th UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (“COP26”) will take place in Glasgow from October 31 to November 12, 2021. The COP26 is the first physical meeting of the contracting states since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic and is intended to clarify the last open points in the framework of the Paris Agreement. The conference is hosted by the United Kingdom and Italy.
The climate plans submitted by the states to date to reduce emissions are not sufficient – this is also emphasized by the current UNEP Emissions Gap Report. There is a threat of a temperature increase of 2.7 degrees by the end of the century. In the Paris Climate Agreement, all states are called upon to regularly increase their climate protection efforts and to tighten their national climate protection targets. The focus of the international climate negotiations is now on completing the rulebook for implementing the climate agreement. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is presenting the latest results from German climate research at COP26.
Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek explains:
“Flood disasters, heat records, forest fires. No region in the world is spared the consequences of climate change. That is why we as an international community of states have to act faster and more ambitiously for climate protection. Every country, every region must do what it can This is the only way we can achieve a comprehensive change towards a climate-friendly development. This change will only be successful if we build it on scientific knowledge. We need a broad portfolio of solutions for effective, economically and socially compatible climate protection. Because all of ours Areas of life must be designed to be climate-friendly. To achieve this, we as the Ministry of Research are increasing our efforts again. Over the next five years, we will invest more than four billion euros in innovative research and development on climate, the environment and sustainability.
An example of innovative, BMBF-funded research that provides important findings for COP26 is the topic of sustainable finance. Because at COP26, the rules for international trading in emission rights will be further elaborated. Research provides application-oriented knowledge for this. Another example is research into sustainable methods of removing CO2 from the atmosphere. In order to achieve climate neutrality – as enshrined in the Paris Agreement – in the second half of the century, we will also have to use such approaches.
At the same time, we also have to adapt to the inevitable consequences of climate change in Germany, such as heavy rain and flooding, as we had to experience in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate this summer. We trust in the innovative strength of German science and industry and involve local actors in the reconstruction.
However, innovative research can only be successful if it finds its way into our everyday life. We should all be part of the change. This is how we secure our prosperity and that of future generations in a sustainable way. We owe that to our children and grandchildren. ”
At the world climate summit COP26, the last open points in the rules of the Paris Agreement are to be clarified. The climate policy negotiations will be accompanied by a climate fair at which different actors can exchange ideas on the implementation of the Paris Agreement. In this context, the COP Presidency, which the United Kingdom holds in partnership with Italy, is organizing information campaigns on energy, transport, nature, adaptation and resilience as well as financing to support the sectoral transformation processes.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has compiled the findings from research on climate change in its recently published Volume I of the Sixth Assessment Report (“Scientific principles of climate change”). This volume makes it clear that only drastic greenhouse gas reductions in the coming decades will enable the temperature limits agreed in the Paris Agreement to be adhered to. Science shows once again the need to act quickly and decisively in all areas of life and business.
The BMBF brings climate knowledge into practice where it is needed: In the politics of the federal government, states and municipalities, in commercial enterprises, associations and other initiatives and organizations of civil society that campaign for climate protection in different ways. It is important to bring climate knowledge to international climate conferences. At this year’s world climate summit, the BMBF will be presenting application-oriented knowledge on key topics of the COP from its funded research.
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