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Press release · 02 June 2017

The Natural Step Germany on Donald Trump’s decision

Trump will quit Paris climate agreement

Donald Trump has confirmed that he will withdraw the US from the Paris climate agreement. This represents a clear “no” to the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the global framework for the 21st century that almost 200 countries have signed. With this decision, the US will remove itself from global sustainability development. Donald Trump wants to negotiate another deal, a fair one in regard to the economic interests of his country.

Germany, France and Italy already issued a joined statement that they won’t join him in this effort. Renowned scientists say the Earth is likely to reach more dangerous levels of warming sooner with the US retreat from its pledge because America contributes so much to rising temperatures. Calculations show that the withdrawal could result in emissions of up to three billion tonnes of additional carbon dioxide in the air a year. This is enough to melt ice sheets faster, raise seas higher and trigger more extreme weather.

The US withdrawal would not derail global efforts to fight climate change

Christiana Figueres, the former UN climate chief who delivered the Paris agreement, said: “States, cities, corporations and investors have been moving in this direction for several years and the dropping prices of renewables versus high cost of health impacts from fossil fuels, guarantees the continuation of the transition.” Prof John Schellnhuber, a renowned German climate scientist and former adviser to the EU, said that the US will be the loser from its withdrawal. “It will not substantially hamper global climate progress, but it will hurt the American economy and society alike.”

The Natural Step Germany’s comment

Dirk Uhlemann from The Natural Step Germany said: “Donald Trump is putting his country on the wrong side of history”. He added: “Angela Merkel should follow the advice of experts such as Marlehn Thieme and Prof Dr Günther Bachmann from the German Council for Sustainable Development (Rat fuer Nachhaltige Entwicklung).”

“It is absolutely essential that the world implements the Paris agreement,” said UN secretary general António Guterres. “If one country decides to leave a void, I can guarantee someone else will occupy it.” In a recent Berlin speech, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said that fighting climate change is a “global consensus” and an “international responsibility”.

Sustainable development has a remarkable economic impact

Sustainable development is not an end in itself. A report published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in 2015 shows that the world’s economies could boost economic growth by nearly three per cent by 2021 if they institute policies that would lower greenhouse gas emissions. By the year 2050 that growth could reach up to five per cent.

Scientists, industry experts and politicians, except Donald Trump, are convinced that the Agenda 2030 and the SDGs are THE global framework for the 21st century. To create a better future on Earth in which we can all flourish within nature’s limits, we have to respect this framework and the sustainability principles defining the basic conditions for a sustainable society. Strategies for sustainable development always have to do with people. So let us follow the global sustainability movement, and let us fight Mr. Trump. With the decision he announced yesterday he won’t make America great again.

 

Press release · 08 May 2017

VinylPlus Sustainability Forum 2017 in Berlin with The Natural Step Germany

The fifth edition of the VinylPlus Sustainability Forum will take place on the 10th and 11th May 2017 in Berlin. VinylPlus, a customer and partner of The Natural Step since many years, is the voluntary sustainable development programme of the European PVC industry. It aims at creating a long-term sustainability framework for the entire PVC value chain.

This year’s forum will revolve around “Towards Circular Economy”. It will look at the key sustainability challenges for PVC and the growing opportunities to contribute to enhanced resource efficiency. Keynote addresses of high-level speakers, among them Professor Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, Co-President of the Club of Rome, will provide impulses for sustainable development, innovation and value-driven growth within the limits of our planet.

The Natural Step will participate at the event with an info-stand in the exhibition area. Dirk Uhlemann, Managing Director & Advisor at The Natural Step Germany, and Richard Blume from Det Naturliga Steget, The Natural Step’s Swedish organisation, are looking forward to an inspiring exchange of ideas with the PVC industry experts. More information about VinylPlus can be found here.

Performance Days - Functional Fabric Fair 2017

Press release · 10 April 2017

Presentation of The Natural Step Germany during the Performance Days in Munich

Rüdiger Röhrig, Director & Advisor at The Natural Step Germany and Managing Partner at Sustainable Growth Associates (SGA), will give a lecture on sustainability in the textile industry, entitled “Sustainability and technology acceleration – surfing the waves”. His keynote will begin at 16:45 on Thursday, 27th April 2017, in the presentation area near the Perfomance Forum. You can get your free ticket on the Performance Days website. More information on Rüdiger’s lecture can be found here.

The Natural Step branch near Munich

Press release · 20 March 2017

The Natural Step Germany’s new office near Munich

A few months after signing the official contract with the international organisation, The Natural Step Germany has now moved to its new office in Planegg near Munich. Since 1989, the people at The Natural Step have been passionate about helping individuals and organisations to experience success in creating a sustainable world. As a non-profit organisation with Swedish roots, the group has been at the forefront of sustainable development for almost 30 years now. Dirk Uhlemann, Rüdiger Röhrig, Edwin Janssen and Thomas Riegler of the core team in Germany, are proud to represent the recognised brand and registered trademark “The Natural Step” in Germany. The German branch teams up with the other country offices around the world, sharing the same core identity, vision and purpose.

The Natural Step Germany open course programme

Press release · 24 February 2017

Open courses on sustainability in German language

Around the globe, The Natural Step is a highly respected provider of science-based education programmes on sustainable development and leadership. Our labs, trainings and courses are proven in practice. From now on, selected certified open courses are available in German language as well.  All courses address people with the goal of influencing sustainability-related change processes, offering the opportunity to learn how to apply The Natural Step’s core concepts of sustainability. The Level 1 course “Foundamentals in Sustainability-Inspired Strategy” addresses people irrespective of their level of experience of sustainability. The Level 2 course has been designed for sustainability professionals and those seeking to enable sustainability-related change processes. We keep you updated on upcoming courses.

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Upcoming events

Below you’ll find selected events either organised by The Natural Step Germany or in which we are actively participating – great opportunities where we can meet:

Events 2017 – Spotlight

Planetary Boundaries Conference 2017
Berlin

Date and place:
24 – 25  April 2017 in Berlin.

Our first formal combined Level 1 and 2 training in Germany, focusing on The Natural Step’s Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FSSD) and how to apply it in business.

Planetary Boundaries Conference 2017
Berlin

Date and place:
24 – 25  April 2017 in Berlin.

Our first formal combined Level 1 and 2 training in Germany, focusing on The Natural Step’s Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FSSD) and how to apply it in business.

Events 2016 – Spotlight

The Natural Step Germany
Combined Level 1 and 2

Date and place:
15 – 17 June 2016 in Nesselwang

Our first formal combined Level 1 and 2 training in Germany, focusing on The Natural Step’s Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FSSD) and how to apply it in business.

 

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