Climate and energy policy for a secure future

Six and a half billion people live on this planet, and this figure is expected to rise to 9 billion in a matter of years. For these people, growth and prosperity is linked to access to energy. The world, therefore, is facing a twofold and growing challenge: to tackle climate change effectively and to secure energy supply.

Germany, as well as the EU as a whole, is determined to make its contribution. We will implement the climate package before an international agreement is concluded and thus build trust, particularly among the developing countries, that the industrialized countries are recognizing their particular responsibility and that words are being followed by deeds.

We cannot afford a situation in which everyone waits for the others to make the first move. We need to change our attitude: from 'you first' to 'me too'.

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