MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
Madam President! Dear Minister! Dear Colleagues! This year, despite a special situation, we will succeed in setting new priorities. I don’t just mean Corona, but also standards in global climate protection. This includes the upheaval in development cooperation, which the Union Group has always striven for, towards more effectiveness and global added value and towards more sustainability. We want fewer donors, we will be even more partners, and in our own interests of stability. We work with the involvement of the NGOs, the implementing organizations and also the German economy.
In the last year of this legislature, the financial resources are better than ever before. We see a continuation of sustainable and value-oriented development cooperation. Dear Minister, dear Gerd, you have given this ministry a meaning that suits the Federal Republic of Germany.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU and from Dr. Barbara Hendricks [SPD])
That is our country then, the Chancellor would say. The footprint of your work, dear Gerd, and also your personal moral and Christian attitude is outstanding.
(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU)
Germany enjoys the highest respect and trust all over the world. This is essentially thanks to our Chancellor and your work.
Dear colleagues, that we have succeeded in updating all programs for climate protection and hunger control in addition to the corona aid as we started, for that a big thank you to our coalition budget!
In fact, I don’t want to talk about crises today, but about a great opportunity. We are converting almost the entire global energy supply to “electricity-based”, to electricity and heat from renewable energies. The next two to three years will be decisive on this point for development cooperation, but also for the Federal Government’s entire partnership strategy.
Our country will continue to be heavily dependent on energy imports in the future. We do not have enough of our own potential for a competitive regenerative energy supply. Therefore, in the long term, we depend on CO2-neutral energy being generated elsewhere and then exported to us. This is where hydrogen comes into play, among other things. The energy can be stored and transported in it and in derivatives such as ammonia.
For the production of CO2-neutral products, there are locations where green hydrogen can be produced cheaply, i.e. which have a high potential for inexpensive renewable energies. Many of these areas are in our partner countries, including the neighboring continent of Africa. With our cooperation, many of these countries have a first and probably also a unique opportunity to participate in the global energy market, also and above all for CO2-neutral self-sufficiency.
At this point I urge our economic politicians not to focus the energy and economic partnerships primarily on countries like Saudi Arabia, Australia or Russia, but also to focus heavily on Morocco, Tunisia, Ghana and Namibia; to name just a few.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU)
On the one hand, this enables us to broaden our energy supply of the future, to broaden our supply relationships and to break one-sided geopolitical dependencies. But it also enables us – I would like to emphasize this from a development policy point of view – real partnerships on equal terms in the energy sector with countries of the Compact with Africa.
Fortunately, the old Desertec failed. From my point of view it had a deeply colonialist approach: you provide us with the electricity and we carry on as before. – Thank God we think in partnerships today, and that is what distinguishes us from the Chinese way. That is the basis of our good reputation and also – I would like to emphasize this – the basis of our future, sustainable success as an export nation.
We need more projects, Minister, like the German-Moroccan hydrogen agreement, and we need it very quickly. We have to ramp up the logistics required for this just as quickly, via pipelines, but especially by ship or container via our seaports. I am talking about a time horizon of no more than five years.
Germany can only secure its future energy supply with long-term trustworthy technology and supply partnerships established today. Only in this way can we help to leverage the enormous potential for added value in partner countries and to maintain a good neighborhood policy in relation to North Africa.
Economy and development – the CDU / CSU has always said it – are two sides of the same coin. With the potential of renewable energies, for example hydrogen, we have the opportunity to do justice to both.
Thank you very much for supporting this with this budget.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU and from Gabi Weber [SPD])
EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and / or sentence structure not be perfect.