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Climate Change: Opportunities and Challenges

Join us for an expert talk and Q&A during 2021 Campus Weeks. The virtual event is free and open to the public.

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Speakers
Dr. Judith Neumann
Frist Secretary for Climate, Environmental and Urban Affairs
German Embassy/Washington D.C.

Michael Weber
Senior Advisor for Energy Policy and Economic Relations
German Embassy/Washington D.C.

Germany is heading towards a three-party federal government with a significant climate action focus as the Social Democrats (SPD) scored a thin victory in the recent German elections on Sept. 26, 2021, and are now in talks with the Green party, which recorded its best result ever, and pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) to form the country's first three-party government. However, while all parties want climate action at the core of Germany's future government policy, they are proposing very different ways of incorporating it.

How will the new German government overcome the deep divisions over the right approach to reducing carbon emissions? How will they negotiate the most controversial issues that include an earlier coal phase-out, setting an end to the sale of combustion engine cars, and a speed limit on the country's Autobahn?