“Deutscher Abend” in Marrakech — Strengthening the German COP Community

© Sascha Hilgers

Germany’s commitment to addressing climate change, maintaining energy security and ensuring industry competitiveness would not be possible without the efforts of Germany’s public and private sectors.

In the spirit of celebrating this collective German action, the Federation of German Industries, German Embassy Rabat, and German Chamber of Commerce in Morocco jointly hosted “Deutscher Abend” on 14 November 2016 as a side event to this year’s COP 22 in Marrakech, Morocco.

 

Meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement while also maintaining a competitive German industry will require both coordinated national action and the right incentives for the private sector —two key elements of building tomorrow’s low-carbon and resilient energy future. Collaboration comes in many forms and can be an amazing pathway to success. With a motivated group of business and governmental leaders comes an abundance of opportunity, which can help to align business and policy visions, tap into existing synergies, and inspire and generate action. This is precisely why we hosted “Deutscher Abend”.

The event provided attendees from Germany’s public and private sectors with the opportunity to meet, network and discuss various aspects of Germany’s involvement at COP 22 events and negotiation sessions. It provided a communication platform for the German COP community, outside of the bustling Blue Zone, to build the relationships that will lead to strategic alliances, which will ultimately make the Paris Agreement targets more manageable for both industry and government. Perhaps most importantly, the occasion demonstrated and reignited the collective and constructive spirit of German cooperation on climate change as Parties entered the second week of COP 22 negotiations.

The global business community is the key to achieving the Paris Agreement targets; yet, we also know that the business community cannot, and should not, bear the burden of climate action alone. As we reflect on the outcomes of COP 22, we bring a renewed sense of urgency to the many issues facing industry including robust investment policy frameworks, preserving a level-playing field and maintaining industries competitiveness.

Symbolically, the happening also occurred under closest supermoon to Earth since 1948, an event which will not be surpassed until 2034. The term ‘supermoon’ denotes a new or full moon that occurs when the moon is nearest Earth and, when the moon is closest to the Earth, its gravitational pull is at its peak. Like our cosmic counterparts, German government and industry can create a synergy that amounts to much more than the sum of our parts.

We would like to thank our sponsors, Siemens and thyssenkrupp, for helping to make this successful event possible.