Nov. 6, 2019 - A German diplomat suggested a wide range of solutions to counteract climate change during a lecture last week at the University of Houston Law Center. Consul General Thomas Meister, who represents the interests of Germany in Houston, delivered his remarks in a talk titled, "Future Directions in Global Energy and Climate Policy from the German Perspective," presented by the Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Center.
Among Meister's topics of discussion were Germany's perspectives on the global transition of energy production to low-carbon sources, climate change policy and directions and status of the Paris Agreement on climate change and international actions to accomplish its goals.
Some of Meister’s suggestions were to make cities around the world more bicycle friendly and accommodating of public transportation. He also said that ships powered by liquefied natural gas instead of oil, it could significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
Meister began his role as Consul General in Houston during the summer of 2017. He leads Germany’s engagement in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma. Meister’s priorities and responsibilities include developing and strengthening political ties between Germany and the consular district, enhancing trade and investment partnerships, cooperation in the field of culture, promoting science and innovation links and rendering consular assistance to the large number of German who live in the area.