On April 22-23, 2021, German Chancellor Angela Merkel attended the virtual climate summit convened by US President Joe Biden. At the event, attended by 40 heads of state, Biden, who rejoined the Paris Agreement on climate on his first day in office, announced that the US aims to cut carbon emissions by 50-52% by 2030.
Merkel and the German Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development, Gerd Müller, celebrated the news that the US government would once again take a leadership role in the international fight against the climate emergency.
Germany welcomes the US’ commitments to reduce emissions, Merkel said, and Germany will continue its contribution to reaching the binding EU goal of a 55% reduction in emissions by 2030.
Merkel also highlighted the higher-income nations’ commitment to mobilize US$100.0 billion each year until 2020 to support low-income countries in adapting to climate change and said she believes this agreement should be extended at least until 2025.
Müller also emphasized the relevance of joint international action in climate protection, including the US as a leading nation, but criticized the slow implementation of an international energy transition. Müller also pointed to the high-income nations’ responsibility to further invest in global climate protection measures, since low-income countries will be the most affected by the consequences of the climate crisis.