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Climate concept: CSU wants to promote energy-saving household appliances for tax purposes

2019-09-06T05:08:14.403Z

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Munich (dpa) - The CSU wants to strongly promote the purchase of energy-saving household appliances tax.

Those who grow highly energy-efficient washing machines, dryers or similar appliances should be reimbursed 20 percent of the cost of the tax. This emerges from the comprehensive "climate strategy" of the CSU, which is to be decided at the party executive meeting on this Friday and Saturday - the paper is available to the German Press Agency.

"We want to grant a tax rebate for expenditures for climate saving in your own household: whether in climate-friendly investments in your own four walls, energy-friendly household appliances or investments in climate-friendly heating," says the paper.

According to the will of the CSU, the "climate bonus" should be granted up to a maximum of € 10,000 per year. In addition to the purchase of energy-efficient household appliances, energy-efficient refurbishment of self-occupied residential property and the replacement of old heating systems by 2030 are to be promoted: "We want to use a scrapping scheme to promote the replacement of old, inefficient heating systems," the 16-page paper states. The energetic modernization of company buildings should also be fiscally promoted.

The proposal for a comprehensive climate tax reform is part of the concept of the CSU, with which the party wants to go into the decisive phase of the Berlin coalition consultations on a major climate protection package. The central idea is to incentivize more climate protection instead of, for example, introducing a CO2 tax - here, the CSU prefers the expansion of trading in so-called CO2 certificates. For a transitional period, the CSU also advocates a national emissions trading system in sectors for which there is still no European system, for example in transport. According to the CSU idea, price caps and bottoms should be set for the CO2 price.

Other points of the CSU concept are the lowering of VAT on train tickets from 19 to 7 percent, the nationwide introduction of 365-euro tickets in public transport, as Bavaria has announced this for students and apprentices, as well as the favoring of e-cars and a car tax that is more geared to CO2 emissions. The surcharge for renewable energies is to be gradually reduced and the commuter allowance increased. A "fight price tax" for cheap flights, as CSU country group leader Alexander Dobrindt had suggested last, can not be found in the paper.

In addition, the CSU relies on CO2 avoidance through "intelligent progress" and innovation - to help climate bonds and a new climate innovation fund. The plastic waste should be reduced, also by a nationwide ban on plastic bags. In addition, the CSU is hoping for new synthetic fuels. Forests are to be afforested, peatlands better protected as CO2 storage. The coal exit is to be accelerated and "from 2030 plus possible," it says in the paper. The grid expansion is to be accelerated, the cover in photovoltaics to be lifted.

Although the CSU adheres to the controversial minimum distances for wind turbines in the Free State in terms of wind power. However, they wanted to "use the scope of wind energy, especially in the state forests".

The Union and the SPD want to wrap up a major climate protection package until a meeting of the Climate Cabinet on 20 September. A week before, the leaders of the black-red coalition want to explore compromise paths - the SPD has so far called for an increase in energy taxes.

"Climate change has entered a new phase," says the CSU paper entitled "Protecting the Climate, Supporting the Economy". Therefore it needs now "immediate action and a respectable roadmap". As a demonstrative sign, the CSU calls for the anchoring of climate protection in the Basic Law and in the Bavarian Constitution.

The CSU board meets on Friday afternoon, first in Weßling in the west of Munich together, then on Lake Starnberg. On Friday it will be about the topics of industry and innovation, on Saturday then about the climate and economic policy.

Source: zeit

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