Birgit Schwenk

Director General for Climate Action
Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action

Birgit Schwenk has been Director General for Climate Policy at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection since January 2022. Previously, Birgit led the Directorate for Strategic Aspects of Environmental Policy and Environmental Law at the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. She joined the Federal Ministry for the Environment in 2001 and worked on a variety of issues including social policy questions, resource efficiency, circular economy, climate change and cooperation with developing countries. Birgit holds degrees in law and in international relations from Humboldt University of Berlin, the University of Edinburgh and the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Bologna.

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    Decarbonization of Industry – What contribution can climate clubs make?


    Despite the rise of global emissions over the past decade according to the latest IPCC report, many countries have set ambitious goals in the fight against global warming. International efforts are needed for climate protection. The G7 countries and their industries must lead the way and, together with emerging and developing countries, phase out the use of fossil fuels as quickly as possible. This development has become even more acute since the start of the war in Ukraine. With this in mind, the panel on climate policy will discuss the strategy of the G7 in times of geopolitical crises, the role of a climate club for international climate protection and ways to decarbonize industry.

    Peter Adrian, President, DIHK

    Suzanne P. Clark, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

    Caroline Drischel, Head of Corporate Responsibility, Lufthansa

    Markus Grolms, Member of the Executive Board and Labor Director, thyssenkrupp Steel

    Birgit Schwenk, Director General for Climate Action, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action

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