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Source: CDU CSU

Dear Madam President! Ladies and gentlemen! According to the draft budget, the Union-led federal government will invest more than ever in climate protection in 2021. Admittedly, the size of the budget available does not say anything about the success of the policy and its instruments. But I can reassure the opposition: Initial forecasts from relevant think tanks and the federal government’s 2019 climate protection report come to the conclusion that Germany will achieve its climate target for 2020.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

That is the success of this federal government.

(Sven-Christian Kindler [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: Don’t tell fairy tales, please!)

So it’s not always all bad; let’s also talk about the positive points. The criticism that the savings effect will fizzle out again due to the hopefully recovering economy next year is also incorrect. To ensure that this trend continues, we have anchored numerous elements in our economic program that support this development path in terms of sustainability.

Ladies and gentlemen, of course we cannot and do not want to rest on what we have achieved. Continuous work is required in the area of ​​climate protection. Two weeks ago, for example, the EU Commission proposed increasing the EU climate target for 2030 to minus 55 percent compared to 1990. So that no misunderstandings arise here: CDU and CSU stand by their international obligations, and of course it is important that the EU makes an appropriate contribution to implementing the Paris Agreement.

Two things are elementary in raising the EU target:

First, we need to get away from the abstract discussion of goals. When I hear that the rapporteur in the Environment Committee in the European Parliament is calling for the targets to be tightened to at least minus 65 percent, it looks to me a lot like an overbidding competition.

(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU)

It is more important that we start with the instruments and ways in which we can make the EU climate-neutral by 2050. We should argue about this politically and find the best solutions in competition.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

Here the Union stands for an approach that is open to technology. Therefore, for example, the 1.5 billion euros from the energy and climate fund for technologies and large-scale systems that are supposed to replace fossil fuels with hydrogen are money well invested. If we want to become climate neutral by 2050, then we must use all reasonable options for reducing CO2. It cannot be, for example, waging a campaign against climate-friendly synthetic fuels just because that doesn’t fit into the worldview, as it would lead to the continued use of combustion engines. It cannot be that sustainable biofuels, which saved 9.5 million tons of CO2 in 2018 alone, are kept small just because the Federal Environment Ministry is one-sidedly relying on electromobility.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

Even the study by the Öko-Institut on the Climate Protection Program 2030 commissioned by the Federal Environment Ministry comes to the conclusion that we will not achieve the climate targets in the transport sector with battery cars alone. Rather, we need a sensible mix. So, dear Minister Schulze, implement the Renewable Energy Directive in such a way that we can achieve significant CO2 savings at all levels.

To come back to my list: Furthermore, it cannot be that one demonizes the technical separation or extraction possibilities of CO2 and its subsequent storage. Even the IPCC says that such measures are necessary to make the world climate-neutral. So the motto is: Whoever says A must also say B.

I am promoting a broad approach, innovations and the existing bridging technologies. Otherwise, ladies and gentlemen, we will not be able to meet the climate targets.

Second, we have to look closely at the steps following the EU climate target increase: What does a new European target for 2030 mean specifically for Germany? The EU Commission is considering adjusting the upper limit of European emissions trading and expanding it to include the maritime transport, buildings and road transport sectors.

The Union is fundamentally positive about the expansion of European emissions trading. However, it is questionable whether the burden sharing between the EU member states in the transport, heating and agriculture sectors will be adjusted. Here the Union parliamentary group calls for a fair distribution of the burden of CO2 reduction. Ladies and gentlemen, we have to get to the point where our European friends are also increasing their ambitions. We will only be successful if we increase our efforts together.

Another focus of work in the environmental sector is the circular economy. In addition to strengthening international cooperation, we must significantly increase research activities.

We also lack information on the question of the ecological advantages of certain beverage packaging. That is why we have made available 400,000 euros in the 2020 budget for the creation of life cycle assessments for beverage packaging. What can be stated is: Nothing happened, even though the UBA developed a method for creating life cycle assessments. I don’t think that’s acceptable.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the MPs Ulla you [FDP])

It cannot be that funds are available in the budget, that a clear mandate for the preparation of life cycle assessments has been formulated and that this mandate is simply ignored. If there are actually problems in drawing up the life cycle assessments, then I would at least have liked an offer from the BMU. The fact that this conversation is now taking place is thanks to the householders, who noticed the inaction of the BMU.

(Shouting out from Lisa Badum [ALLIANCE 90 / THE GREENS])

We are now awaiting suggestions as to how the subject of the “life cycle assessment of beverage packaging” should be further processed and when the BMU will finally commission the UBA to draw up the life cycle assessment, without any ideological pre-determinations.

Another topic in the field of circular economy is the use of recycled materials. Closing material cycles is our approach. But that will only succeed if we turn waste back into high-quality products. With a motion for a resolution on the law implementing the European Union’s waste framework directive, we made specific proposals for improving the use of recycled materials. An important approach is the identification of products in which recyclates can be used without major problems. Start the industry dialogues now, Minister; you have our support. Finally start working!

Many Thanks.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)


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