Germany urges tighter global energy cooperation to bring climate targets within reach

(Clean Energy Wire, 19 Mar 2024) The global growth of renewable power sources is an encouraging trend for climate action but needs to be better coordinated to ensure international targets are met, according to Germany’s economy and foreign affairs ministers.

Highlighting the recent success in Germany to put the country on track towards its national 2030 climate targets, economy minister Robert Habeck at the government's energy transition conference BETD in Berlin said resolute planning and implementation could lead to international targets also being met. However, since not all countries use the same resources to reach their goals, mutual assistance is needed to achieve a comprehensive shift away from fossil fuels, he argued. International Energy Agency head Fatih Birol at the conference said there are encouraging signs that the use of fossil fuels can be overcome, but stressed that this does not mean the world is on track towards reaching climate targets.

Greater international cooperation and mutual support are needed to ensure the global energy transition is put on track towards reaching climate targets, Germany’s ministers for the economy and for foreign affairs, Robert Habeck and Annalena Baerbock, have said. At the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD), a conference hosted by the Germany government to bring together international energy transition actors, the ministers stressed the need to ensure the transition away from fossil fuels is globally coordinated and accelerated.

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