Germany’s Scholz to officially inaugurate ‘climate club’ at COP28

(EurActiv, 1 Dec 2023) Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s long-held plans to establish a “climate club” of ambitious countries will finally see the light at the COP28 summit in Dubai, with 33 members initially expected to join, including all G7 countries, Chile and Mozambique.

On Friday (1 December), Scholz will travel to Dubai for the “full launch” of one of his long-held pet projects – establishing a so-called “climate club” bringing together countries with ambitious climate policies. 

“The Climate Club, which emerged from our G7 Council Presidency as an idea of the Chancellor, has now spread far and wide around the world,” said a senior German government official who spoke to journalists in Berlin ahead of the launch.

The club’s members must show commitment to the 1.5 °C target of the Paris Agreement and adopt concrete plans to quickly decarbonise their industry to hit net-zero emissions sometime around 2050.

In theory, climate clubs share common emission reduction targets and penalise countries outside the club that do not adopt sufficiently ambitious policies, according to American economist William Nordhaus, who developed the concept.

Scholz’s climate club, expected to bring together 33 countries, will not go that far.

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