Merkel announces German climate protection measures at UN Climate Summit
On September 23, 2019, German Chancellor Angela Merkel presented Germany’s domestic and international climate protection measures at the United Nations Climate Summit in New York City. The announcement was preceded by a meeting of the German Climate Cabinet on Friday, September 20, 2019, coinciding with the massive 'Fridays for Future' protests in Germany. The meeting resulted in a number of climate-rescue measures aimed at halving Germany’s carbon emissions by 2030 to avoid defaulting on its 2015 Paris treaty promises.
Merkel presented these national measures, including carbon dioxide pricing via emission certificates, costlier fuels, cheaper rail travel, and a ban on oil heaters, at the UN Climate Summit. The national climate package was heavily criticized by opposition parties, environmentalists, and civil society organizations for being too unambitious. Regarding its international commitment, Merkel announced that Germany will increase its funding for global climate protection from €2 billion (US$2.2 billion) in 2014 to €4 billion (US$4.5 billion) and deposit €1.5 billion (US$1.7 billion) into the Green Climate Fund. Merkel also underlined Germany’s support for climate risk insurances and forest conservation.