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Source: CDU CSU

Mister President! My dear colleagues! Germany has committed itself to complying with ambitious climate targets at national, European and international level. And we take that very, very seriously. The start of the national fuel emissions trading on January 1 of next year is an important building block for achieving these goals. It sets the right economic incentives to make it worthwhile to switch more and more to low-emission or zero-emission technologies.

Due to the amending law that we are passing today, the certificate prices are now to be raised to 25 euros on January 1, 2021; that has already been stated. Of course, this also means higher costs for the companies concerned. As a result, emissions trading must not lead to unreasonable burdens. Effective climate protection is important to us, and it must not endanger economic prosperity. The two must not be in opposition. We have to combine the two. Both must mutually condition and support one another. We want and have to do both.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

It is entirely in line with this line if the income from this national emissions trading is used accordingly for new funding instruments, for electricity price reductions for citizens and companies.

We have already taken the first important step to relieve our economy. Part of the income from emissions trading is to be used to lower the EEG surcharge. Additional budget funds will be added to finance the reduction of this surcharge. That was already decided on June 3rd in the coalition committee, and this is exactly how it will be implemented.

The SESTA also provides for some relief regulations. The aim of these regulations is to protect the competitiveness of our companies; because nothing has been achieved or achieved for the climate if energy-intensive production moves from Germany with the jobs and then possibly even greater climate damage occurs in other places than would have occurred here.

The regulations to avoid carbon leakage are of fundamental importance in this context. The federal government already passed a key issues paper on 23 September, and then the list of sectors eligible for subsidy will be taken over one-to-one from EU emissions trading.

(Dr. Lukas Köhler [FDP]: That’s the most absurd thing you can do!)

We have just campaigned on the part of the Ministry of Economic Affairs to ensure that this fundamentally broad approach exists. The list therefore already includes important economic sectors. This carbon leakage list can also be expanded in the future. Individual industries can also qualify for carbon leakage protection at product level.

The details of the Carbon Leakage Regulation have yet to be worked out. However, as I said, the Federal Government has the key points on this, and a resolution with essential details is also to be passed here in Parliament today, so that companies in Germany can be sure that this regulation will exist. This is an important signal to the companies concerned.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

There is still a lot of work to be done here. I can assure you, however, that we will work for a design that is low in bureaucracy and that has a targeted effect. I am sure that, in close coordination with the political groups, we will also manage to come up with appropriate solutions for our companies, so that we can do both: strengthen the economy and protect the climate.

Thank you very much.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD)


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