VDMA: Climate protection needs credible signals

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Matthias Zelinger, spokesman for energy policy for the VDMA, comments on Commissioner Canete's proposal to raise the EU's climate protection target for 2030. The behaviour of all states involved in the Paris climate process is crucial.

EU Commissioner Miguel Canete proposes to raise the EU climate target for 2030 based on member states' decisions on energy efficiency and renewable energy. To this end, a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 45 percent (previously:
40 percent) compared to 1990.  Matthias Zelinger, Energy Policy Spokesman of the VDMA, comments:

 

"Climate protection is not just a matter of setting goals; what is needed are the right instruments and good conditions for innovation and investment in order to make real progress".

"Climate protection is not just a matter of setting goals; what is needed are the right instruments and good conditions for innovation and investment in order to make real progress. However, it is true that the compromises on energy efficiency and renewable energies in the EU in recent months have made significant progress for Europe in terms of climate protection.

The reform of emissions trading also sends credible signals. But change also depends on the behaviour of the other states involved in the Paris climate process, they have to make a binding commitment in the international process. Mechanical and plant engineering is a solution provider for climate protection, investing heavily in corresponding technologies.

Only if the Paris process offers a global market perspective can this high level be maintained in the long term, especially as more and more suppliers, i.e. from China, are pushing into this market."