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Climate protection: CSU wants tax rebate on energy-saving household appliances


Energy savers should be rewarded: The CSU plans in its climate protection strategy to refund 20 percent of the purchase price of energy-efficient equipment at the tax.

The CSU wants to reward the purchase of energy-saving household appliances with tax rebates. Those who purchase particularly energy-efficient washing machines, dryers or similar appliances should be reimbursed 20 percent of the cost of the tax. This emerges from the climate strategy of the CSU, which wants to decide the party on its board meeting on Friday and Saturday. The paper is available to the dpa news agency.

"We want to provide a tax rebate for climate-saving expenditures in our 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 also to be promoted. "We want to promote the replacement of old, inefficient heating systems with a scrapping premium," says the 16-page paper. In addition, there will be tax rebates for the energy modernization of company buildings.

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 consultation phase on a large package of climate protection, which wants to tie up the grand coalition in Berlin by 20 September. So far, the SPD has called for an increase in energy taxes. Instead of introducing a CO2 tax, the CSU prefers to expand its trade in CO2 certificates. For this, the Christsozialen want a transitional period for a national emissions trading system in sectors for which there is not yet a European system, for example in transport. According to the CSU idea, price caps and bottoms should be set for the CO2 price.

No "fight price tax" for cheap flights

In addition, the CSU concept proposes to reduce the VAT on train tickets from 19 to 7 percent and to introduce nationwide 365-euro tickets in public transport, as Bavaria has announced this for students and trainees. E-service cars are to be favored and the motor vehicle tax to be geared more towards CO2 emissions. The surcharge for renewable energies is to be gradually reduced and the commuter allowance increased. A "competitive price tax" for low-cost flights, as CSU country group leader Alexander Dobrindt had recently proposed, can not be found in the paper.

The CSU also 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, one wants to "use the leeway in wind energy, especially in the state forests".

"Climate change has entered a new phase," reads the CSU paper. Therefore, it now needs "immediate action and a serious roadmap". The party 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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