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Scholz urges private investment in climate initiatives in Germany

April 26, 2024 | by The Jeuns

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz emphasized the need for a shift towards increased private investment to combat climate change, in addition to relying on public funding. Speaking at the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin, Scholz highlighted the significant financial requirements for transitioning to climate-friendly energy in developing and emerging countries, estimating a need of .4 trillion annually by 2030.

Stressing the importance of not solely depending on public funding, Scholz proposed a new approach to financing climate protection on a global scale. He suggested that the financing of energy transition and other climate measures should focus on enabling private investment in sustainable growth.

While acknowledging the primary responsibility of major industrialized countries in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Scholz also emphasized the need for a more inclusive approach to climate financing. He highlighted the increasing contribution of emerging economies to CO2 emissions and argued that countries with a historical impact on emissions should also contribute to public climate financing.

Looking ahead, the next UN Climate Change Conference is scheduled to take place in Baku at the end of 2024, aimed at establishing new financial targets effective from 2025. The recent Petersberg Climate Dialogue, attended by representatives from 40 countries including Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, served as a pivotal prelude to the upcoming conference in Baku.

Overall, Scholzā€™s call for greater private investment in climate initiatives underscores the importance of collaboration between public and private sectors to address the pressing issue of climate change.

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