All articles by Lukas Scheid

Mobility: big ambitions, few specifics
Over the next four years, the new German government intends to massively drive forward the decarbonization of the mobility sector. Infrastructures are to be expanded and emissions are to be priced without competitiveness suffering. This will primarily affect road traffic. continue reading →
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CAP reform: end of debate, start of implementation
The EU Parliament waved through the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) on Tuesday with a clear majority. Now all that is needed is the approval of the Council, and then there will be nothing standing in the way of the new CAP from 2023. However, the member states have a certain amount of leeway when it comes to implementation. continue reading →
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EU competition rules: No more subsidies for fossil fuels
The European Commission has announced that in the future it will no longer approve state aid for fossil fuel projects. This is part of a revision of EU competition rules to make them more climate-friendly. Investments in gas projects are exempt. However, member states will have to show how they ensure that such investments are […] continue reading →
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Protection against deforestation: EU Commission proposes new regulation
The EU Commission wants to prevent products bought, used, and consumed in the EU from contributing to global deforestation in the future. On Wednesday it presented a corresponding proposal for a new regulation. It imposes binding due diligence obligations on producers and traders of products containing soy, beef, palm oil, timber, cocoa, and coffee. To […] continue reading →
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Glasgow deal: announced, negotiated, watered down
The World Climate Conference in Glasgow ended with a last-minute watering down of the global coal phase-out in the final declaration. EU politicians and NGOs are disappointed, but also highlight numerous successes of COP26. Above all, the agreement on Article 6 is likely to be groundbreaking for the future, even if some questions remain unanswered. continue reading →
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EU taxonomy: statement against inclusion of nuclear energy
In a joint declaration the environment ministers of Denmark, Portugal, Austria, Luxembourg, and Germany have spoken out in favor of a nuclear-free EU taxonomy. Speaking at the German pavilion at the World Climate Conference in Glasgow on Thursday, they said nuclear energy was “too risky, too expensive and too slow” to contribute to Europe’s climate […] continue reading →
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Interview with Jochen Flasbarth: ‘The general situation has changed’
The final spurt at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow has past and key issues are still unresolved. Germany's chief negotiator Jochen Flasbarth is nevertheless optimistic. In an interview with Lukas Scheid and Timo Landenberger, the BMU State Secretary welcomes China's new climate protection ambitions and calls for a date for the global coal phase-out. continue reading →
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COP26: final declaration in the pipeline
The negotiators at the World Climate Conference in Glasgow have cautiously entered the home straight after several talks. The first draft of a final declaration shows that an agreement is possible — even if some of the wording is still being wrestled with. continue reading →
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Studies: 1.5 °C target a long way off
Two reports presented at the World Climate Conference in Glasgow give little cause for optimism on global climate protection. The Climate Action Tracker published its updated analysis of all climate targets, announcements, and measures already implemented on Tuesday. According to the tracker, the planet is currently heading for global warming of 2.7 degrees, compared to […] continue reading →
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COP26: tough negotiations concerning Article 6
There has been little progress so far on the most important issues of the world climate conference: the negotiations on the "Paris Rulebook", the design of global emissions trading, and transparency mechanisms. Even some of the success stories from the first week of the COP26 turn out to be unreliable at a second glance. continue reading →
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COP26: EU continues to put pressure on Brazil
The EU’s chief negotiator, Jacob Werksman, is not yet convinced that Brazil’s announcements so far at COP26 will be enough. He welcomed the recently published climate protection target of reducing emissions by 43 percent by 2030 and being CO2 neutral by 2050. However, Werksman said that the exact target path – that is, the legal […] continue reading →
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Trillion alliance for climate protection
With the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ), private banks, insurers, and investors committed on Wednesday to put limiting climate change at the heart of their work. The firms manage a combined sum of around $130 trillion. However, the effectiveness of the project remains to be seen. continue reading →
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Over 100 countries join methane pact
More than 100 countries have joined a US- and EU-led effort to slash emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane by 30% from 2020 levels by 2030. Methane emissions are a key contributor to climate change. The Global Methane Pledge launched at the COP26 summit in Glasgow on Tuesday after being announced in September, now […] continue reading →
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OECD study: poorest countries suffer the most from climate change
Least developed countries and small island states are disproportionately affected by the impacts of climate change. This is the finding of a study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) presented at the World Climate Conference in Glasgow (COP26). According to the report, the risks to economies, ecosystems, businesses, and people are most […] continue reading →
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COP26: Industrialized countries have a responsibility
From the G20 summit in Rome at the weekend, the heads of state and government traveled straight on to Glasgow, where the 26th World Climate Conference got off to a flying start on Monday with the World Leaders Summit. Many were disappointed by the G20 final declaration, but there is also reason to hope. continue reading →
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COP26: The struggle for Article 6
Probably the most important goal of the World Climate Conference in Glasgow (COP26) is to reach an agreement on the implementation of Article 6 of the Paris Climate Agreement — the last part of the so-called "Paris Rulebook" that has not yet been fully negotiated. The aim is to create a global CO₂ certificate trading system. The framework conditions are likely to be the subject of intense wrangling. continue reading →
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