"Getting out of coal-usage must go hand in hand with promoting other technologies"

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The Coal Exit Act can only be the first step. Now more commitment to other technologies is needed. In addition, further burdens on industry must be avoided.

Matthias Zelinger, climate and energy policy spokesman for the VDMA, comments on the adoption of the coal phase-out law in the Federal Cabinet:

"With today's cabinet decision, a legal basis is now finally being created for the partial implementation of the recommendations of the Growth, Structural Change and Employment Commission regarding the phase-out of coal-based power generation. This is crucial in order to quickly arrive at a sustainable solution for society as a whole.

In this context, the now announced cancellation of the corresponding emission certificates is crucial for climate protection and must be carried out quickly and seriously.
But there is more: If one says exit, one must also enter somewhere else!

"We urgently need the further expansion of renewable energies. Gas-fired power plants, storage facilities and flexibility must be promoted, and combined heat and power generation must also be strengthened in the industrial sector.

We urgently need the further expansion of renewable energies. Gas-fired power plants, storage facilities and flexibility must be promoted, and combined heat and power generation must also be strengthened in the industrial sector. The Federal Government must now also quickly present the long announced hydrogen strategy, because it will be a key to comprehensive climate protection in many areas.

In order to avoid a bureaucratic miniscule set of instruments and to strengthen market-based incentives for climate protection, the question of reforming taxes and levies on energy sources remains acute. We also agree with the BDI that additional burdens on industry must be avoided - as the Commission's decision actually provides for.