"The government must do its homework regarding climate policy!"


The annoying dispute within the Grand Coalition has led to a postponement of the urgently needed hydrogen strategy once again. The German government must finally do its homework regarding climate policy in 2020.

In its last session of the year, the German government postponed important climate policy decisions. Matthias Zelinger, Energy and Climate Policy Spokesman of the VDMA, comments:

"It is a step in the right direction towards avoiding greenhouse gases that the Federal Government and the Federal States in Germany together want to raise the CO2 price and reduce the EEG levy. This is a market economy based approach. The adjusted price path could thus have a steering effect and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the foreseeable future. However, the annoying dispute between the coalition partners has led to the postponement of the urgently needed federal hydrogen strategy of the federal government being postponed once again. The coal compromise will not be implemented this year either. And the long-known obstacles to the urgently needed expansion of renewable energies were also not addressed.

This requirement is not an end in itself; companies are currently investing substantial sums in technologies that help to bring climate neutrality from vision to reality. However, this requires political decisions that set a clear market framework rather than simply proclaiming goals. The German government must finally do its homework by 2020."