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CO2 emissions: Union and SPD discuss new plans for climate protection

2019-08-03T11:48:38.773Z

The coalition has the plan to tax company cars even more according to their CO2 emissions. And the CSU wants to combine climate protection with economic stimulus.


The governing parties are fighting for new measures for more climate protection. The black-red coalition is discussing plans to give more preference to company cars with low Co2 emissions for tax purposes than before. "A further staggering of the company car tax on the type of drive and emissions is as meaningful as the conversion of the vehicle tax with a stronger CO2 component," said the transport policy spokesman for the Union faction, Ulrich Lange (CSU), the Rheinische Post. Also SPD parliamentary vice Matthias Miersch said: "A stronger orientation of the company car taxation on CO2 emissions from a climate policy point of view makes sense."

Only on Wednesday had the Federal Cabinet decided on a billion-dollar tax package to increase the demand for electric cars. This concerns, for example, an extension of a tax privilege for electric company cars.

Demands of the CSU

CSU regional party leader Alexander Dobrindt demanded, however, that climate protection measures be combined with economic stimulus. "We want to link the climate package with a stimulus package to a future package for Germany with the clear goal: more growth and less CO2," he told the newspaper Die Welt.

The country faces a double challenge with weaker economic development and the task of protecting the climate. "However, this dual challenge of the economy and the climate can become a double chance if we combine both and exploit the value-added potential of climate technologies," said Dobrindt.

According to the world , the CSU plans to promote sustainable mobility more and relieve workers. With a corporate tax reform, the CSU wants to increase the competitiveness of German companies. According to the newspaper report, the CSU is working on a paper titled "Kreislauf-Konzept Klimainvestitionen Klimainnovationen (4K)". These include investments worth billions in infrastructure, digitalization and climate protection.

Only a few days earlier, the Bavarian Prime Minister and CSU leader Markus Söder had demanded a nationwide plastic bag ban. He also wanted to build Bavaria for the first climate-neutral state.

Greens leader Robert Habeck finds the announced climate protection measures of the CSU basically good. "If Markus Söder has now rethought, that is to be welcomed, he can write off our entire program - by the way, all the others too," said Habeck on Saturday the Passauer Neue Presse . "But that must not become a maul heroism," he said.

No agreement to climate cabinet

The Climate Cabinet of the Federal Government wants to decide on 20 September on a package of measures. A group of specialist ministers chaired by German Chancellor Angela Merkel is currently negotiating a legislative package aimed at reducing emissions of greenhouse gases in Germany more quickly. The goal is to reach Germany's national and international climate protection goals. In the coalition agreement, the federal government had committed to reduce greenhouse gases by 55 percent by 2030 compared to 1990 levels.

So far, the Climate Cabinet has met three times without agreement. Of particular importance for the negotiations is the question of whether a price should be levied on CO2 emissions. This would increase the prices for fuel and heating with oil and gas. The SPD has called for a tax surcharge on diesel, gasoline, heating oil and natural gas. The Union, on the other hand, would rather like to expand emissions trading.

Source: zeit

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