Climate-Alliance Germany

National Climate Policy in Germany

Long-term and responsible policy means that Germany has to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2020 – based on 1990 levels. Business needs clear, long-term and binding political framework conditions to achieve these goals. A coherent response to climate change will be economic by creating sustainable jobs and avoiding climate change induced losses. Furthermore, Germany has to play a leading role in the development of stringent mitigation policy in the EU.

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