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Environment Minister Hendricks Welcomes Results of New York Climate Change Summit
Posted By Mutthias Leng On September 26, 2014 @ 15:45 In Climate Change,International | Comments Disabled
Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Barbara Hendricks, has welcomed the results of the UN Climate Change Summit  held at UN headquarters in New York on 23 September 2014.
The special summit to which UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon had invited was meant to give momentum to climate change efforts on the way to a legally binding climate protection agreement to be concluded in 2015 at the conference in Paris, which shall limit global warming to two degrees Celsius. The new agreement shall be a successor to the Kyoto Protocol  whose second commitment period started in 2013 and runs until 2020. For the second commitment period only a limited number of countries (including the EU) have agreed to legally binding targets, while a number of other countries made non-binding commitments.
Mrs Hendricks pointed out that the countries with the highest greenhouse gas emissions had announced to present their contributions to a new climate change agreement ahead of the Paris summit by the beginning of 2015, including China and the United States.
“Besides there are encouraging signals, for example by France, Mexico, Danmark, Switzerland and Korea, which make me feel optimistic that the Green Climate Fund will receive substantial funding ahead of the Climate Conference in Lima at the end of the year”, Mrs Hendricks said. The Green Climate Fund is a fund within the framework of the UNFCCC into which developed countries pay in order to assist the developing countries to help adapt to and mitigate climate change. Germany already pledged to pay up to EUR 750 million (see link below).
Mrs Hendricks also highlighted the “New York Declaration on Forests “, calling it an unparalleled union of government, private enterprises, civil society and indigenous associations as well as multinational organsations, who agreed work together to end deforestation by 2030 and create non-deforesting supply chains.
Mrs Hendricks also highlighted the following three climate change related decisions by the German Government, which were met with positive response in New York.
The German government recently approved a bill  aimed at ratifying the second Kyoto Protocal commitment period, being the first large EU member state to do so.
Besides Mrs Hendricks announced that excess emission rights resulting from Germany fulfilling more than ist Kyoto Protocol obligation would be deleted, thus withdrawing them from the market for emission rights. “That way we make sure that extra climate protection efforts in Germany do not fall flat because certificates are used elsewhere leading to higher greenhouse gas emissions”, Mrs Hendricks said.
Mrs Hendricks also informed that the German government has decided to adopt a new policy with regard to financing coal-fired power plants. “By mid-century we have to get away completely from using coal in the global energy supply. Hence every new coal power plant project has to be reviewed critically. In climate and development cooperation programmes we will no longer provide funding for new (coal-fired) power plants and finance modernisations of existing plants only to a limited degree according to clearly defined criteria. In doing so the government joins efforts of other industrialised countries and banks”, Mrs Hendricks said.
Source: Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety 
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URLs in this post:
 UN Climate Change Summit: http://www.un.org/climatechange/summit/
 Kyoto Protocol: http://ec.europa.eu/clima/policies/g-gas/kyoto/index_en.htm
 New York Declaration on Forests: http://www.un.org/climatechange/summit/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2014/09/FORESTS-New-York-Declaration-on-Forests.pdf
 approved a bill: http://www.bmub.bund.de/presse/pressemitteilungen/pm/artikel/bundesregierung-stellt-weichen-fuer-ratifizierung-des-kyoto-protokolls/?tx_ttnews[backPid]=103&cHash=06269862408f59270e14edb7a6e92f02
 Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety: http://www.bmub.bund.de/presse/pressemitteilungen/pm/artikel/hendricks-zieht-positive-bilanz-des-un-klimagipfels-in-new-york/?tx_ttnews[backPid]=103&cHash=aee9dfcbe4c6e8f62436cb7cbde3744d
 Warsaw Climate Change Conference: Most Progress Made on Help Against Impact of Climate Change and Protection of Forests: http://germanenergyblog.de/?p=14813
 Federal Environment Minister Altmaier Welcomes Doha Agreement and Kyoto Extension: http://germanenergyblog.de/?p=11688
 Cancun: German Environment Minister Calls Climate Protection an Opportunity for Economic Growth: http://germanenergyblog.de/?p=4793
 Second Round of Bonn UN Climate Change Talks Continues: http://germanenergyblog.de/?p=2935
 German Environment Minister Calls for More Ambitious EU Climate Change Targets Ahead of Petersberg Climate Dialogue: http://germanenergyblog.de/?p=2602#more-2602
 Copenhagen Accord: http://germanenergyblog.de/?p=916
 Environmental Minister Röttgen Warns against Failure of Climate Change Talks in Copenhagen: http://germanenergyblog.de/?p=785
 Ban Ki-Moon: No Legally Binding Climate Change Treaty in Copenhagen: http://germanenergyblog.de/?p=354
 The Copenhagen Climate Agreement: EU Positions and State of Play: http://germanenergyblog.de/?p=285
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