Subject Dossier

Climate protection & transformation: Decarbonisation – Competitiveness – Quality of life

For a successful implementation of the ambitious climate targets of the Paris Agreement, a deep transformation of economy, society and politics is needed – in Germany and worldwide. According to the IPCC 1.5°C Report, decarbonisation of the global economy has to be achieved by the middle of the 21st century to accomplish the main goal of the Paris Agreement – limiting global warming to less than 2 °C.

Against this background, the question arises how to shape the necessary transformation while ensuring economic prosperity and competitiveness as well as social cohesion and quality of life. Therefore, possible national and international transformation pathways will be explored and discussed in this theme. In particular, sustainability and potential trade-offs and synergies between climate protection and other sustainable development goals will be discussed.