Want to hear what some of the most influential German leaders in politics, business and industry think about the upcoming Paris climate talks on 30 November? We’ve collected all the insider opinions that count here, courtesy of our German friends at Metals Pro Climate.
What can we expect?
German Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks, who hopes COP21 will lead to a broad global movement away from fossil fuel.
Michael Thews, a Social Democratic Party member of the German Parliament, who pleas for the international community to pull together.
Annalena Baerbock, climate policy spokesperson for the Greens in the German Bundestag, who does not expect a major coup or accomplishment.
What should Europe do?
Gero Hocker, energy spokesperson for Germany’s Free Democratic Party in lower saxony, is critical of European climate policy until now, and asks for realism in Paris.
The European People’s Party MEP Herbert Reul, who does not want Europe to become the global paymaster for climate protection.
Socialists & Democrats MEP Matthais Groote, who wants Europe to inspire China, the US and emerging economies towards effective climate protection.
Marie-Luise Dött, Chair of the Working Group on the Environment of the Christian Democrats/Christian Socialists parliamentary group, who is also pursuing technology openness and fair competition.
Dr Anja Weisgerber, member of the Christian Democrats/Christian Socialists group in the Bundestag, who asks for more public and private resources to be mobilised to achieve the 2020 target for 100 billion dollars.
Michael Niese, Managing Director of WVMetalle, emphasises that the non-ferrous metals industry will be a key industry in developing technologies and skills for climate protection.