Ways out of the climate crisis

When the representatives from over 190 countries meet in December 2009 in Copenhagen at the 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 15), they will be focusing on the future of our planet. In the Danish capital the delegates will negotiate a new, binding international agreement on climate protection designed to succeed the present Kyoto Protocol in 2013. Many of the data used by the experts come from Bonn. The former federal capital on the Rhine is the seat of the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat, one of 19 UN organizations located in Bonn. At the moment the 350 international specialists are working feverishly on the preparations for the 2009 global climate conference. Germany and France in particular are pushing for a new climate agreement.

Germany is strongly committed as a trailblazer in matters of climate change. The Federal Republic has already made good progress towards meeting the Kyoto target for 2012 of a 21 per cent reduction in emissions against the level of 1990 – without having to buy emissions credits from other countries. In the “G8 Climate Scorecard 2009”, a climate change survey carried out by the environmental organization WWF and the Allianz insurance group, Germany ranked first among the eight leading industrial nations.

Enlarge image Germany is also among the world leaders in research. At the Albert Einstein Science Park in Potsdam three of the most important international think tanks are working on climate protection: the Research Station Potsdam of the AWI (Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, the German Geo Research Center (GFZ) and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). In autumn 2009 more support will arrive when the IASS, the Institute for Advanced Studies in Climate, Earth System and Sustainability starts work. The institute’s founding director is Klaus Töpfer, former federal minister for the environment and former director of the United Nations Environment Programme. All this is complemented by industrial research. This sector is developing huge offshore wind parks, large-scale geothermal installations and is supplying the technology for the multi-billion Desertec solar project. Green hi-tech from Germany is an international brand name, and a symbol of the third industrial revolution.

If you want to know more about possible ways out of the climate crisis, take a look at the current edition of “Deutschland” magazine. It provides an overview of climate protection policies in Germany, the German contribution to sustainable energy supplies in numerous developing countries, study opportunities in environmental protection and the opinions of internationally distinguished climate experts. The magazine is also available in a PDF version on the Internet at http://www.magazine-deutschland.de/en/.

Ways out of the climate crisis

Wind power plants from Germany are among the most modern worldwide