Union parliamentary group wants “efficient CO2 pricing”

“If someone thinks that the architecture of this coalition can move further to the left, then he is mistaken,” said faction leader Ralph Brinkhaus (CDU) on Wednesday before a two-day retreat of the group leadership in Potsdam.

In the evening, the coalition partner SPD launched its performance marathon of candidates for the party presidency. CSU national group leader Alexander Dobrindt demanded that the SPD should be able to remain fit for work even in its staffing phase.

Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) said in the discussion behind closed doors, according to information from the German Press Agency, that certificates trading is superior to a CO2 tax. According to this information, Merkel made it clear that it would make more sense to trade in allowances because, unlike the CO2 tax, it would be easier to achieve the climate goals. In addition, such a trade would meet with more acceptance among the population. In addition, certificate trading would bring about innovations that you would not even know. Initially, however, incentives are needed.

Merkel also showed sympathy for the state climate bond proposed by CSU state party chief Alexander Dobrindt. Also, Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier (CDU) had praised the idea of ​​the CSU politician and encouraged the implementation of a private foundation. Dobrindt had proposed to issue a government bond for savers to finance climate protection. Accordingly, there could be an environmental bond with a state-guaranteed return of two percent per annum and a term until 2030.

The head of the Union faction unanimously adopted the climate paper in the evening under the motto “Good climate, strong Germany.” The MEPs propose that the emission of the climate-damaging greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) more expensive. “The CO2 problem is not yet sufficiently reflected in the price,” it says. “It is clear that in the future we will need efficient CO2 pricing – if only national at first.”

After about three hours of discussion, a formulation was included in the paper, which shows a clear preference for a certificate trade in comparison to a CO2 tax. It states: “Pricing in the form of a certificate trade has the advantage that the amount of CO2 emitted is effectively limited, the climate goals are thus achieved using market-based methods and innovations are stimulated.”

The EU’s top-level decision states that existing taxes and charges on energy should be further developed and even more geared to achieving the climate goals. At the same time, the competitiveness of Germany as a location and the social balance should be respected.