VCI director-general Utz Tillmann takes a stand
Three questions and three answers around the 24th world climate summit (COP24)
VCI director-general Utz Tillmann: „German industry is highly active in climate protection. The companies are driving forward solutions to reduce emissions in production or to integrate carbon dioxide as an input in products. However, climate protection also means that other regions of the world need to take concrete steps for emission cuts too.”
What makes the 24th world climate summit in Poland so important for the German chemical industry?
"The German chemical industry has a highly active role in climate protection. Companies in Germany are driving forward solutions to reduce emissions in production or to integrate CO2 as an input in products. At the same time, our industry is subject to ambitious climate political requirements – above all, the EU emission trading scheme or ETS, for short, that prescribes a given reduction path. But it is also important that other regions of the world take more concrete steps for emission cuts. A world climate summit like the one in Katowice in Poland is a setting where it is hoped that the international community can agree on progress towards global action."
What concrete progress should the Katowice summit bring from your perspective?
"I hope that the climate summit will send a strong signal that climate protection and the implementation of the Paris Agreement can only be achieved as a joint and multilateral effort. In concrete terms, we are expecting decisions on the “Paris Rulebook”, namely, the set of rules that lays down how trans-parently and verifiably the objectives of the Paris Agreement are implemented. From industry’s viewpoint, it would be important for the Rulebook to provide a long-term perspective for the climate policy goals. Transparency should be a guiding principle in the international climate policy. Finally, it would be great if steps towards international, market-based CO2 pricing were taken in Katowice. There is no international equivalent to ETS as we have it in Europe."
What is the German chemical industry doing at the venue?
"As last year in Bonn, we are holding several events at the Katowice climate summit where we can discuss our positions with stakeholders from the political arena. Obviously, we will mention our achievements – it is worth noting that the German chemical industry has cut its greenhouse gas emissions by almost 50% since 1990. Also, we will look ahead to the future. Currently, we are working on a “roadmap” to identify the long-term options of the German chemical industry for further reducing CO2 emissions according to the Paris requirements. This roadmap will be completed in 2019."
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