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SPIEGEL climate conference 2021: Everything to zero


Germany's economy must become climate neutral - without endangering prosperity and jobs. How can this be done? Follow the SPIEGEL discussions with decision-makers from politics and business at the climate conference here.

A good week ago, the future federal government presented its coalition agreement in Berlin's Westhafen and left no doubt: the climate crisis is the subject by which the success or failure of the new government will be measured.

But how can the necessary transformation of the economy and society succeed?

Which paths are promising and which lead to dead ends?

To discuss these questions,






leading actors from politics and business at the same location on Wednesday. Right at the beginning, SPIEGEL editor-in-chief Steffen Klusmann and SPIEGEL economics director Isabell Hülsen spoke to

EU Vice-Commission President Frans Timmermanns

about the future prospects of the European Green Deal.

BMW boss Oliver Zipse

provided the perspective of the auto industry.

Lufthansa boss Carsten Spohr


Porsche boss Oliver Blume

later explained

why their corporations not only rely on electric, but also on synthetic fuels.


climate lawyer Roda Verheyen

described how corporations can be legally compelled to take concrete measures to achieve the climate goals.

A discussion with

Laurin Hahn, co-founder of Sono Motors

, showed how much the auto industry is already changing


The Munich start-up, which produces electric cars with solar cell roofs, made its debut on the New York technology exchange Nasdaq in mid-November and is already valued at four billion dollars.

Tesla co-founder Jeffrey Brian Straubel

sees the German car companies on the way to making the change - but warns them not to jump on an "overbooked flight".

Before the vehicle industry really gets into the mass production of e-cars, the problem of procurement and recycling of critical raw materials must first be solved.

All speeches, discussions and interviews of #

KlimaKon21 by SPIEGEL



can now be found here in full length in the video.

Agenda of the climate conference 2021

Open 2:00 p.m. area

Greeting |

Start of the conference

Steffen Klusmann (DER SPIEGEL), Matthias Tauber (BCG)

Open area 2:05 p.m.

"Fit for 55" |

Europe's future with the Green Deal

Frans Timmermans (European Commission)

Moderation: Steffen Klusmann and Isabell Hülsen

Area 2:20 p.m. Unfold

Is everything on electro?


Importance of “Fit for 55” for the automotive industry

Oliver Zipse (BMW Group)

Moderation: Steffen Klusmann and Isabell Hülsen

Area 2:35 p.m. open

New Kids on the Block |

A breath of fresh air in the automotive industry

Sven Bauer (BMZ Group), Laurin Hahn (Sono Motors), Dr.

Karl-Thomas Neumann (KTN GmbH)

Moderation: Thomas Schulz

Area 2:55 pm open

BCG keynote |

Everything to zero.

What has to happen now

Judith Wallenstein (BCG), Dr.

Patrick Herhold (BCG)

Open area 3:05 p.m.

Money or pressure?


What does German industry need to halve its emissions by 2030?

Christoph Schweizer (BCG), Holger Lösch (Federation of German Industries), Dr.

Roda Verheyen (Green Legal Impact Germany e.V.) Christian Kullmann (EVONIK)

Moderation: Steffen Klusmann and Isabell Hülsen

Area 3:50 pm open


4:15 p.m. area open

Inspiration from the west coast |

Recycling as the royal road

J. B. Straubel (Redwood Materials, Co-Founder of Tesla)

Moderation: Simon Hage

4:35 p.m. area open

Green cities |

Problems, solutions and pioneers

Christian Hochfeld (Agora Verkehrswende), Lars von Lackum (LEG Immobilien SE), Markus Lewe (Mayor of Münster)

Moderation: Gerald Traufetter

Open area 5:00 p.m.

Autopilot vs. Human Capital |

Will the climate change turn into a job killer?

Christiane Benner (IG Metall), Alexander Wachtmeister (BCG), Dr.

Ariane Reinhart (Continental AG)

Moderation: Anne Seith

Open area 5:25 p.m.

Hybrid drive |

The battery as a key technology

Peter Carlsson (Northvolt)

Moderation: Thomas Schulz

Area 5:40 p.m. open

It doesn't always have to be a battery |

Alternative fuels in addition to the electric drive


Oliver Blume (Porsche AG), Carsten Spohr (Deutsche Lufthansa AG)

Moderation: Steffen Klusmann and Isabell Hülsen

Open area 6:05 p.m.

Will the Germans stay in the lead?


How the automotive industry wants to master the electrical turnaround

Hildegard Müller (Association of the Automotive Industry), Wolf-Henning Scheider (ZF Group), Markus Duesmann (Audi AG), Prof. Dr.

Stefan Bratzel (Center of Automotive Management)

Moderation: Steffen Klusmann and Martin Hesse

Area 6:40 p.m. open

Closing remarks of the conference |


Steffen Klusmann (DER SPIEGEL), Matthias Tauber (BCG)

Source: spiegel

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