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Climate policy: CDU and CSU reject CO2 tax

2019-09-12T12:23:24.176Z

The Union parties have agreed on a common climate policy, according to a report. CDU and CSU and therefore rely on emissions trading with minimum price.



The CDU and CSU are reportedly forgoing a carbon tax in their climate change proposals. Above all, the Union is relying on the trading of CO2 certificates, report Der Spiegel and the Reuters news agency, citing a paper from the parties for the Climate Cabinet on 20 September. The document was therefore drafted by the Union factions Andreas Jung (CDU) and Georg Nüßlein (CSU), who had been entrusted with the task of drawing up joint proposals.

At the meeting on 20 September, the grand coalition wants to adopt fundamental measures for climate protection. Participants include the ministries of environment, economics, finance, transport, construction, agriculture and the chancellor. The SPD links the continuation of the grand coalition in the league with advances in climate policy.

Among other things, the Social Democrats are aiming for a carbon tax, with the aim of relieving citizens and businesses elsewhere. This should make climate-friendly behavior more attractive. Environment Minister Svenja Schulze (SPD) argues that this model can be implemented more quickly than the complicated introduction of a new, probably initially national, trade system modeled on the existing EU emissions trading scheme for the energy industry and industry.

Apparently price upper and lower limits planned

In the EU paper, however, the report says that they are "opposed to a carbon tax, ie tax increases on gasoline, diesel, heating oil and gas". According to Spiegel , the Union is planning a model of emissions trading with upper and lower price limits. On the one hand, this should ensure their effectiveness and, on the other, keep the costs manageable. "When implementing the certificate system, reliable market signals and target achievement must be secured, as well as affordable housing and individual mobility in the city and in the countryside," it says.

In addition, CDU and CSU wanted to make air tickets expensive, cheaper train travel and expand freight transport by rail, reports the mirror on. The truck toll should also be expanded.

The Federal Government had founded the Climate Cabinet in the spring to discuss how Germany can still achieve its climate protection goals. Among other things, Germany must reduce its CO2 emissions by 55 percent by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. However, Germany is currently well behind its own and internationally binding goals in the fight against global warming.

Source: zeit

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