David, you work in the communications department at thyssenkrupp AG and attended the UN Climate Change Conference, what contribution is thyssenkrupp making to the issues discussed at COP28?

It is time to act. This is exactly what we at thyssenkrupp have been expressing over the past few days at a series of events as part of the world's largest climate conference COP28 in Dubai. Even though our Blue Zone badges only read "Observer", we as an industry want to be the ones to initiate rapid and targeted measures for global decarbonization. Our most important influence essentially consists of two levers: on the one hand, we want to help our customers accelerate decarbonization with innovative technologies. On the other hand, we are of course also working on replacing our own CO2-intensive production processes with climate-friendly technologies - such as in our steel production in Duisburg.

What impressed you the most?

For me personally, it was the first time I had taken part in a global climate conference. It was a really exciting experience, with lots of valuable insights and interesting discussion partners - for example at events organized by the European Round Table for Industry (ERT), Siemens, the International Chamber of Commerce or Roland Berger. My personal highlight, however, was our own thyssenkrupp event - with fascinating and inspiring contributions to the success of the green transformation. Our guests from business, science and politics all agreed that the green transformation can only succeed if we deepen our cooperation with partners from the public and private sectors. And this is precisely why events like COP28 are so important, because they bring all the players together.

What experience is particularly important to you?

My return marks the end of an intensive preparatory phase for COP28 and once again shows that good results can only be achieved with good teamwork across functions, companies and continents. I would like to thank all my colleagues in Germany and Dubai for making this project such a success. I am already looking forward to next year - and to the continuation of this interdisciplinary collaboration.

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