CO2 pricing: concept must be revised

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The Federal Cabinet today passed a resolution on CO2 pricing, which was evaluated by Matthias Zelinger, Climate and Energy Policy Spokesman of the VDMA.

Matthias Zelinger, Climate and Energy Policy Spokesman of the VDMA on today's decision by the German Federal Government to introduce CO2 pricing:

"The introduction of a pricing system for climate-damaging emissions is fundamentally correct.
From the point of view of the VDMA, however, the concept adopted today is so inadequate that a fundamental revision is necessary.

Greenhouse gas pricing only makes sense in combination with a comprehensive, emissions-oriented reform of levies and allocation to all energy sources.

"Greenhouse gas pricing only makes sense in combination with a comprehensive, emissions-based reform of the levy and levy on all energy sources."

Without them, pointless burdens arise that only compensate for historically evolved tax structures and an integrated energy system with increasingly climate-neutral energy sources such as electricity, gas and heat remains a vision.

The fact that the federal government plans for a very hesitant introduction of pricing may well be well-intentioned, but it is postponing necessary changes and suggests that the legend of climate protection can be maintained without change or unreasonable demands.