German anti-coal demonstrations: ‘We’re running out of time’

(EurActiv, 4 Dec 2018) In the run-up to the UN climate conference, which began in Katowice in Poland on 2 December, many thousands of people took part in a demonstration to support accelerating the phasing out of the coal industry. EURACTIV Germany reports.

According to figures from organisers, around 36,000 people in Berlin and Cologne took to the streets on Saturday, while the police said there had been about 15,000 participants. The demonstrators were calling for the capacities of German coal-fired power stations to be halved by 2020.

There was also a demonstration in Brussels this weekend. The police said that 65,000 people participated in a climate march there on Sunday.

The two-week climate conference in Katowice will focus on transferring the decisions in the 2015 Paris Agreement into clear rules for implementation and monitoring, which should ultimately be recorded in a rule book.

The agreement – signed by every state in the world and from which only the United States has withdrawn so far – aims to limit global warming to below 2°C. However, according to a study by three climate institutes, only 16 countries in the world have organised their national climate action plans in such a way that they correspond with the objectives of the Paris Agreement.

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Germany too, which once received international recognition for its commitment to the energy transition, is not meeting its self-imposed commitment. It is expected that the German target of causing at least 40% less CO2 emissions compared to 1990 will be missed by eight percentage points.

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EurActiv, 4 Dec 2018: German anti-coal demonstrations: ‘We’re running out of time’