The Climate-Alliance Germany therefore requests the German government to present a new climate change programme that is to contain the following central aspects:
1. Priority for energy savings and efficient energy consumption by
- reducing electricity consumption by one percent annually;
- establishing annual energetic renovation rates of three per cent of the building stock
2. Priority for climate neutral, decentralised electricity production by
Centrall calls to national policy-makers
- Stopping to put gas power plants at a disadvantage in comparison to coal plants in the emissions trading scheme.
- Tripling the share of highly efficient combined heat and power based on renewables and gas by 2020
- Freezing all plans for new coal power stations, so as not to undermine the development of a climate-neutral energy supply system.
3. Ending the use of highly risky nuclear power by
- as quickly as possible realising the switch-off the nuclear power stations, at least in line with the nuclear phase-out agreement
- strictly monitoring security standards and if necessary enforcing refitting of the nuclear power stations in their life times.
4. Swift upgrading of renewables by
- consistently continuing the renewable energies law (EEG) in the electricity sector;
- introducing a supportive law for renewables in the areas heating and cooling of buildings and the preparation of hot water.
5. Restricting emissions growth in the transport sector by
- establishing ambitious binding consumption limits for passenger cars;
- introducing a strict speed limit on motorways (120 kph);
- ensuring stronger state financing for public transport;
- effectively including aviation in the European emissions trading scheme;
- introducing a tax on kerosene.
6. Using financial incentives for climate policy by
- taxing resources while at the same time reducing taxes and levies on labour in a manner that is socially balanced;
- stringent phase-out of climate damaging subsidies
- auctioning emissions certificates