Brussels, Belgium March 1, 2012
Today, the Environment Minister of Baden-Württemberg, Franz Untersteller, and Mark Kenber, CEO, The Climate Group, officially confirmed the German state’s accession to The Climate Group at a press conference in Brussels.
After North-Rhine Westphalia and Bavaria, the southern German region is the third German state to join The Climate Group and its States and Regions Alliance.
Headed by the first Green-led government in Germany since 2011, Baden-Württemberg aims to become the leading energy and climate region in the country and in Europe.
A climate bill legally committing the region to reduce its GHG emissions by 90% compared to 1990 levels by 2050, and an accompanying integrated climate and energy strategy setting out the practical steps towards achieving this goal, are currently being prepared in the Cabinet.
Although it only produces about 0.3% of global emissions, Minister Untersteller sees a clear leadership responsibility for his region: “As a highly developed and prosperous industrial region, Baden-Württemberg has a special role to play in setting a positive example, and an obligation to act. This responsibility we have to, and are, taking on.”
He further explained Baden-Württemberg Government’s reasons for joining The Climate Group: “Climate protection is one of the biggest challenges of our times. The better we coordinate our own efforts for reducing emissions with the efforts of other regions worldwide, the better our chances to succeed.”
Mark Kenber, CEO, The Climate Group, said: “With the development of its new climate package and the strong culture of innovation of its business sector, Baden-Württemberg has embarked on an ambitious path towards building a prosperous low carbon future. We are proud to welcome Baden-Württemberg as a third strong German region to become a member of The Climate Group and look forward to working with them to create further momentum for a Clean Revolution.”
Luc Bas, Director of International States and Regions, The Climate Group, added: “The examples of Baden-Wuerttemberg’s energy and climate action will be a crucial part of the ‘evidence base’ gathered through The Climate Group’s Clean Revolution Campaign.”
A main part of Baden-Württemberg’s commitment within the States and Regions Alliance will be a climate action conference of regions that it will host in Stuttgart in October 2012, following on from last year’s European Conference of Regions on Climate Action in Lyon. The Climate Group will be a main partner in shaping this conference, which Baden-Württemberg will organize together with its partner regions within the ‘Four Motors for Europe’ initiative, Catalonia, Lombardy and Rhone-Alpes.
The signing of the membership documents in Brussels was followed by a panel discussion on ‘Strategies for the Promotion of Renewable Energies’, in which Minister Untersteller and Mark Kenber participated alongside Günther Oettinger, EU Energy Commissioner, Prof. Dr. Frithjof Staiß, Managing Director, Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg, and further panelists from politics and business.
Source: The Climate Group
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