Climate protection after 30 years of deep sleep


Enough of the climate package in order to reach the German climate targets? It is the much-promised big throw, or rather a “fluff piece”, as skeptics expect. In any case, it could be.

The light of the silvery high-performance lamps exudes a ruthless, up to 10,000 times as strong as the light from the sun to the earth, temperatures up to 3000 degrees Celsius, the steel plates in a jiffy melt, the sun radiation of the entire year here, not even eleven days to simulate: In Jülich, the largest man-made sun in the world.

For the past two years, the Rhenish town is near the border to the Netherlands, a Paradise for scientists, and especially for climate scientists. As with the Mimic of the sun, the environmentally friendly fuel of the future: hydrogen. CO2 is neutral, won as a very important piece of the puzzle to Reach the German climate goals, because it is suitable both for cars and for planes. “Our Vision is to make a day with hydrogen kerosene and petrol,” explains Kai Wieghardt by the Institute for solar research.

What works with artificial sunlight, should also win with a natural fold, for example, hydrogen

In ten years, the research so far, the optimistic prediction of the solar scientist. But now, since the whole of Germany is talking about climate protection, since this Friday, so many Germans could never go on the road and the climate Cabinet will be presenting the key points of the German climate policy up to 2030, the question is: Is this fast enough? Do not need to put the policy more money in climate research, in order to reach the climate goals?

The Institute for solar research of the German centre for air and space travel. More than 300 million euros, has received the DLR in the last ten years, in order to develop new technologies for a better climate balance. Kai Wieghardt calls for a rethinking in policy and industry: “We need to shift the energy mix more towards renewable energy,” he says, “and companies need to move more and research faster in practice.”

The Federal Minister for research wants more money

Anja Karliczek hear such sentences like. In return, the Federal Minister of science of the German lighthouse projects such as the largest man-made sun in the world, raves in Jülich, if you want to collect more money for climate research: “Only through technical innovation, we will win the battle against climate change. And every Euro for climate protection is money well spent.” Karliczek dreaming of a new seal of “Made in Germany” – this time not for German cars, but in the case of climate innovations.

Kai Wieghardt calls for more commitment from the companies in the implementation of innovations

However, climate research is expensive, and the previously stated 1.6 billion euros to 2024 filed for international supremacy by far. Karliczek calls, therefore, almost the Double. Only with additional 1,4 billion euros in the development of climate-friendly technologies could be promoted: the hydrogen production, chemical precursors of greenhouse gases, or simply more energy-efficient electrical appliances.

For 30 years climate protection politically slept

In the case of Gregor Hagedorn Karliczek a race with such demands, open the doors, he would press the Minister to immediately the billions in the Hand. Finally, Hagedorn himself is a scientist at the Museum für naturkunde in Berlin. But Hagedorn is something else – he has established the Scientists for the Future. The 60 researchers, such as intellectual Bodyguards for the Fridays-for-Future movement.

You give the young protesters back cover by their claims with scientific facts. Hagedorn conclusion: “The policy science has ignored for 30 years. Even if the climate Cabinet presents effective measures for climate protection, this will not be enough. This is the tragedy of the missed decades to come.”

“Climate protection is a question of justice between generations” – Gregor Hagedorn

However, the researchers were not much to long to be passive? Should have the science already much earlier for a sustainable climate policy call for? Gregor Hagedorn want to leave like this. He refers to the interim report of the Enquete Commission of the German Bundestag. The dates back to the year 1988.

Nine members of the Bundestag and nine external experts had brought to paper, what Germany urgently to the “protection of people and the environment”, concrete measures to save energy. “Everything was in there already, what we know today. The report can be publish today, almost more so”, said Hagedorn.

New German climate protection miracle?

However, in 1989, the wall falls, a year later, the German unit – the climate change policy is secondary. In 1998 the Green party in Germany for the first time, yet again, the world calls policy, other priorities: the German participation in the Kosovo war, the introduction of the Euro, the Agenda 2010.

And so it goes on and on, climate policy in Germany for 30 years, never quite at the top of the Agenda. “It has in this country made when it comes to climate protection, although always in passing some steps in the right direction, but never checked whether the steps were large and effective enough,” criticized the scientists in Berlin.

The Berlin scientists Hagedorn calls in the area of climate protection efforts, such as the reconstruction of Germany

Hagedorn expects from the climate Cabinet is more of a “fluff piece” as the pick of the litter. A look into the German past, show that such a feat was possible: “When you look at what has been done by Germany in the years 1949 to 1955 in the reconstruction, would say today to everyone, so something is completely impossible.”

A German climate protection wonder? German researchers and scientists like Hagedorn have vowed in any case, the pressure on the government in the next few years to continue.