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France and Germany committed to keeping Europe at the forefront of the fight against climate change

Speaking at the working lunch held in Metz as part of the Franco-German Ministerial Council on Thursday 6 April, COP President Ségolène Royal insisted upon the crucial role to be played by France and Germany in implementing the Paris Climate Agreement. The decisions taken at this Ministerial Council were largely dominated by measures to implement the terms of COP21.

Both France and Germany reiterated the importance of the signature ceremony for the Paris Agreement, to be held in New York on 22 April, calling upon the European Union and its Member States to ratify the Agreement as soon as possible in order to be among the parties spearheading the implementation of the text, thus playing an active role in this ambitious international effort to protect the environment.

New legislation passing the commitments made by the European Council into law – most notably the commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% from their 1990 levels by 2030 – needs to be adopted as quickly as possible in order to demonstrate the EU’s credibility to its international partners, and to allow investors in key sectors of the economy to plan ahead.

France and Germany are determined to turn the energy transition to their advantage, producing clean, safe and affordable energy and pioneering an environmentally-friendly model of development which will create new jobs in Europe and deliver results at a global level.

Looking further afield, both countries back the introduction of global carbon pricing in order to establish effective incentives for investors all over the world, a key step towards reaching the objectives enshrined in the Paris Agreement.

Our two nations are also committed to cooperating on the following goals :

  • An initiative to expand the use of renewable energy sources in Africa,
  • The fight against deforestation and desertification,
  • Promoting early warning systems and initiatives to counteract climate risks, as well as sustainable cities and electric power for transport,
  • Innovation in low-carbon technologies, with a particular focus on establishing stable, clearly-signposted carbon prices at EU level,
  • Boosting geothermal power capacities as part of the Global Geothermal Alliance,
  • Developing solar power with the help of the International Solar Alliance,
  • Establishing a ‘carbon market platform’, encouraging inter-governmental dialogue at the highest level in order to establish a global carbon market.