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German Federal Minister for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Svenja Schulze at the 3rd Indo-German Environment Forum in New Delhi

14.02.2019 - Press release

German Federal Minister for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Svenja Schulze at the 3rd Indo-German Environment Forum in New Delhi: “”India is an important partner in climate policy. We appreciate India‘s ambitious climate goals and we support India in reaching them.“

German Federal Minister of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Svenja Schulze with Indian Minister of Science and Technology, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Ministry of Earth Sciences, Harsh Vardhan
German Federal Minister of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Svenja Schulze with Indian Minister of Science and Technology, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Ministry of Earth Sciences, Harsh Vardhan© BMU

“India is an important partner in climate policy. We appreciate India‘s ambitious climate goals and we support India in reaching them. Minister Vardhan and I have agreed on additional financial support for further climate projects that help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, to promote renewable energies and sustainable forest management in India. Germany will provide 35 Million EUR for such projects in the years to come. Only in all countries join forces will it be possible to fulfill the Paris Agreement and to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees.”

Ministers at the 3rd Indo-German Environment Forum
Ministers at the 3rd Indo-German Environment Forum© BMU

“Mitigating greenhouse gas emissions requires legislation to catch up. Let me give you an example: In Germany, we have decided to phase out coal-fired power generation. In order to achieve this, we are drawing up a comprehensive climate change act, which will lay down binding emission reduction targets for all relevant sectors.

German Minister Svenja Schulze and Indian Minister Harsh Vardhan at the 3rd Indo-German Environment Forum
German Minister Svenja Schulze and Indian Minister Harsh Vardhan at the 3rd Indo-German Environment Forum© BMU

Germany will phase out coal-fired power generation by 2038 at the latest. The coal phase-out will go hand in hand with an intensive expansion of renewable energies. Renewables will change mobility, too. India has set itself the ambitious goal of completely electrifying road transport by 2030. I am convinced that India and Germany can benefit from a closer cooperation in this area as well.”

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