German Development Minister Gerd Müller (CSU) has appealed to the Bundestag to become completely climate-neutral. Members' service flights should be compensated by payments into climate protection projects. Caused by the Bundestag and unavoidable carbon dioxide emissions should be compensated by payments to projects in developing and emerging countries such as afforestation and in favor of renewable energy, said Müller the newspapers of the Funke media group.

The members of the Bundestag had covered much longer distances by plane in the past year than in 2017. As part of their work, MEPs had flown a total of 9,075,319 miles in 2018 (around 14.6 million kilometers). This is from information from the Bundestag administration back. In 2017, there were still 7,426,382 miles.

Ministry of Development should soon be climate-neutral

Converted to 709 parliamentarians flew according to the information that every MP last year on average 13,000 miles. This is equivalent to a flight from Frankfurt am Main to Singapore and back. Currently, the extent of air traffic in the face of the climate change debate is increasingly criticized.

Müller described his own ministry as a role model for the Bundestag. The Development Ministry will be carbon neutral by the end of the year, he announced. The CSU politician also appealed to the other ministries and federal agencies to achieve climate neutrality.

Left leader Katja Kipping demanded that the Bundestag administration in general should no longer reimburse MPs for domestic flights in the future. Those who want to promote more climate protection in the population, must lead by example, said the picture on Sunday . Kipping pointed out that every Member of Parliament has a network card for the train.