Berlin (AP) - CDU chief Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer pleads for climate protection through a tax reform to advance.

"The existing total building of fees, levies, taxes and taxes in the energy sector must be fundamentally rebuilt," she demands in a guest contribution for the "Welt am Sonntag", which she co-authored with fellow member of parliament Andreas Jung. In this both are also in favor of a scrapping premium for oil heating systems.

Basically, it is not about higher tax revenues, but for better climate protection, it says in the article. "We do not have too little tax, we have too little control. So if we reform the unstructured system, make the emission of greenhouse gases a benchmark, and put a CO2 lid on traffic and buildings, then there must be relief for citizens and businesses - for example, the electricity price through the EEG levy and the electricity tax. "

Kramp-Karrenbauer and Jung are also in favor of promoting the conversion of buildings for tax purposes. «Before any further encumbrances, a relief offensive has to be started: this includes, among other things, a tax incentive program and a scrapping premium for oil heating systems.»

Sustainability includes the black zero, ie a balanced federal budget, but also the "green zero in the sense of climate neutrality". Several SPD politicians had recently called for a departure from the principle of black zero in order to loosen money for climate-friendly investment in the future. Jung, together with Union Fraction vice-president Georg Nüßlein of the CSU, is leading a Climate Coordination Group, which will prepare the basis for climate protection legislation for the Union by September.

The North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) called for a "tree premium" to be introduced in the fight against CO2. "The forest is not just a recreation area, but also removes CO2 from the air. He is the most important climate protector, »Laschet told the« Bild am Sonntag ». Therefore, municipalities or private owners who reforest or receive forest should receive a premium that could be funded through the planned CO2 price.