That “ambitious” climate program or “heater”?

The Federal Cabinet has decided the second part of the climate package, there are many criticism of lack of

The Federal Cabinet today decided the second part of the climate package. Federal Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel, who the 21. Century as the "Energy efficiency" Described, praises the activities of the Federal Government in the highest tone: "Germany is pursuing the world’s most ambitious climate and energy program. Our goal is: away from OL and gas, to renewable energies and energy efficiency. This protects the climate, lowers energy costs for our burger and creates over 500.000 Additional jobs up to 2020."

Now that the CDU likes to be a OKO party, you will be curious to be tense, who will attribute the climate leads in the coming election campaign from the coalition and wants to restore the defect to the respective coalition partner. Due to the dispute over the CO2-based car tax, the decision had been postponed first – and the conversion of this was still on now 1.1.2010 postponed.

With the second package, the Federal Government can not achieve the last year but not yet reached to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Germany by 2020 by 40 percent of the 1990 level. Managed, so, the Ministry of the Environment reported emissions 20 percent against 1990, 2012 had to be reached in the Kyoto Agreement aimed at 21 percent. With the climate package, according to the government, a reduction was achieved by 34.3 percent by 2020. How to closed LUCKE is not clear.

One of the most important measures for energy efficiency in the second package is that from 2009 "The energetic requirements for buildings increased by an average of 30 percent" be. Night storage heating should be abolished in the long term, in the heating cost calculation of consumption-dependent costs, not more than 50, but about 70 percent of the consumption-independent costs (maintenance or maintenance) counted in order to encourage the tenants to save energy. "Intelligent payer" Should the consumers have the possibilities of power saving. New truck toll tariffs, which strain trucks with high emissions, should accelerate the change to pollutant trucks. The framework conditions for the expansion of high-voltage networks should be changed so that fast modernization becomes possible. The connection of offshore wind turbines should also be accelerated.

Criticism was already loud too. So the covenant speaks of one "half-hearted" Climate program, because the conversion of the car tax has been postponed and the energy saving regulation for which the warm-up of the houseer leash. Greenpeace criticizes that with the planned new buildings of coal-fired power plants, the desired reduction in CO2 emissions can not be achieved.

The green talk about "minor": "Merkel’s self-elastic role as a climatic finish is a swimming manob. In fact, she has approved that Economic Minister Glos as a fossil of the fossil age has systematically torped the ambitious climate destinations. Noteworthy is at the climate capacity of the Federal Government, especially what is missing: The necessary changeover of the car tax to the CO2 outstand is postponed indefinitely, the tax privilege for interpreting company car is not touched, the building stock – at least 95 percent of the buildings – becomes excluded from the duty of energy-saving renovation, the speed limit on highways does not come."

The left regrets next to the missing car tax, above all, that the tenants "No energy renovation can enforce in building owners and building owners" And with it to sit on the high heating costs. In it, even the left with the FDP agree, the u.a. Also rugs that no "Climate-friendly tenancy law" concluded.

The Environment Council, who advised the Government, made it clear in an opinion that the government’s climate program is insufficient to engage in the objectives set. It also stay behind the "Innovation potential of Germany" return:

Of crucial importance for climate protection is also an innovation policy through energy efficiency. Because of high energy prices, climate protection is particularly economical by energy efficiency in motor vehicles, products and buildings. Especially in motor vehicles, the Federal Government should therefore become much more ambitious. However, the youngest German-French initiative aims at a delay and shiftening of the goal established since 1995 to reach an average of 120 GCO2 / km until 2012.

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