Week Ahead: G-20 Summit Among International Environment Events


Washington is taking a break during the week of July 3, but foreign nations aren’t. A Group of 20 summit in Germany that will focus on climate change highlights the week’s international environment and energy events.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who will host the meeting in Hamburg on Friday and Saturday, already has warned that the gathering of world leaders—including U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin—"will be very difficult.” G-20 nations make up about two-thirds of the world population.

Trump announced in June he would withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement in hopes of striking a better deal on the international climate accord. Gary Cohn, Trump’s chief economic adviser, told reporters that Trump will make clear at the summit “that he has decided to leave the agreement because it was a bad deal for the United States, but that he is open to reengaging in the agreement or a new agreement if it makes sense for the American people.”

Merkel, however, said the accord is “irreversible and not negotiable.” Bryce Baschuk will cover the summit.

In Other News

Endocrine disrupters: A European Union standing committee is set to vote Tuesday on criteria for identifying chemicals as endocrine disruptors, substances that could damage the hormone system. The committee has postponed votes on the issue several times, as lawmakers debate how restrictive the criteria should be. Stephen Gardner will monitor.

German solar power: The upper house of the German Parliament, the Bundesrat, is expected to vote Friday on a bill that encourages landlords to install in-house solar panels on the rooftops of apartment buildings and expand renewable energy systems in urban areas. The Bundestag, Germany’s lower house, has passed the bill. Jabeen Bhatti will cover.

Latin America clean power: The Inter-American Dialogue, a U.S.-based center analyzing Latin America and Caribbean policy, is holding a Thursday forum on clean power in Latin America. More than half of the region’s electricity already comes from hydropower and other renewable sources, but its countries seek to further reduce carbon emissions. Speakers include Walter Vergara, senior fellow at the World Resources Institute; Samantha Gross, fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Foreign Policy, Energy Security and Climate Initiative; and Gabriela Elizondo Azuela, senior energy specialist at the World Bank Group.