According to Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze (SPD), Germany could face claims for compensation if the federal government stops the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline project.

Schulze said in an interview with WELT AM SONNTAG that she also supports the project for reasons of energy management.

"We cannot get out of coal, nuclear power and gas all at once," said Schulze.

"We still need natural gas for this and the next decade."

It's not just about Germany.

In view of falling production volumes in all of Western Europe, gas is likely to be needed there for a transition period as well.

"In addition, we run the risk of ending up with claims for compensation before international arbitration tribunals if we stop the project," warned the Federal Environment Minister.

"In this respect, it is good that Manuela Schwesig is so strong for the completion of Nord Stream 2."

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania's Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig (also SPD) recently initiated the establishment of a climate protection foundation, which is to provide support in the completion of the pipeline between Russia and Germany.


The Nord Stream 2 project, which is controversial for political reasons, was recently also targeted by environmental protection organizations.

For example, Deutsche Umwelthilfe is taking action against the building permit because it wants to prevent increased imports of the fossil fuel natural gas for climate protection reasons.

With a view to the upcoming amendment to the Renewable Energy Sources Act this spring, the minister campaigned for significantly more ambitious expansion targets for wind and solar power.

“By 2030, we will need 100 terawatt hours more than was previously anchored in law,” said Schulze.

For photovoltaics, this means 150 instead of the previously planned 100 gigawatts in 2030, and for onshore wind energy 95 instead of 71 gigawatts.

The German green electricity targets are to be raised because the European Union recently agreed on a more stringent CO2 saving target.

Schulze criticized the lack of commitment on the part of some federal states in the expansion of renewable energies.

"It annoys me very much that little is done for it in Baden-Württemberg or Bavaria, but all the more is done against it and that a law is even being created in North Rhine-Westphalia that contradicts this."


You can read the full interview in WELT AM SONNTAG.

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Source: Welt am Sonntag