Climate protection: departure signal at the G8 summit?

Environmental protection organizations demand a demanding agreement

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The participants of the G8 summit in Heiligendamm should meet next week for a demanding agreement for effective global climate protection. These include the recognition of the so-called two-degree target and an agreement to reduce the CO2 emissions of the G8 states by 30 percent by 2020 and by 80 percent by 2050 for the industrialized nations. This was yesterday demanded by representatives of the Federation for the Environment and Conservation Germany (BUND), Attac Germany and Germanwatch in Berlin.

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In addition, a declaration of intent is needed in which the eight states commit to an action program in order to achieve the climate protection goals. It was definitely too late for a "climate policy negotiating bazaar". Better not a climate document as an inadequate.

"We hope that the EU under German leadership with respect to the final document can still prevail, " said Gerhard Timm, CEO of the BUND. The US administration had become "lame duck" earlier than anybody else. "The world can not wait for new elections. We need the right policy now, "said Timm. The time window for averting the climate catastrophe was tight. The BUND managing director emphasized that there are encouraging signals from the emerging economies to do more for climate protection.

"The G8 leaders face the issue of whether the world's most influential states want to secure the privilege of climate-damaging emissions, or whether they are ready for serious negotiations, " said Klaus Milke, chairman of the board German Watch. display

Limit temperature increase to two degrees

A treaty that would limit climate change below the threshold of two degrees of temperature increase was considered serious. However, such a climate protocol for the period after 2012 must be finalized by 2009 so that there is no gap under the Kyoto Protocol. "We urge the German Chancellor and G8 president not to agree to any text that undermines the chance of a serious agreement, " said Klaus Milke.

Despite its positive German role in the international context, the Federal Government is jeopardizing its credibility with its energy and climate policy in its own country. Sven Giegold of the Attac coordinating group accused the Federal Chancellor of hypocrisy. Merkel's favored "free world markets" are part of the climate problem and not the solution. The German role as Klimavorreiter was hypocritical.

"Anyone planning 28 new coal-fired power plants in the country is a climate hypocrite and not a forerunner, " said Giegold. The main reason for this is the interdependence between polluting industries and politics. This applies in particular to the four major energy companies E.On, Vattenfall, EnBW and RWE.

(BUND, Attac, Germanwatch, 31.05.2007 - DLO)