German, Dutch governments meet to discuss climate change

August 22, 2019 - 1:04 am

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel and key Cabinet ministers are meeting their Dutch counterparts to discuss ways of tackling climate change together.

Thursday's meeting at Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte's official residence comes as Germany is set to miss its emissions goals for 2020 by a wide margin, even as Merkel's government acknowledges that it has to further ramp up its ambition by next year as part of its commitment under the 2015 Paris climate accord.

The Dutch ministers will explain how they reached broad consensus in June this year for a wide-ranging raft of measures, from a carbon tax to more bicycle parking at railway stations, to slash the country's emission of carbon by half by 2030.