Vote2017 - German elections and the Energiewende

Energy and climate policy in Germany's election year

Germans will elect a new federal government in autumn 2017. Security, economic stability and refugees are likely to dominate election campaigns, but keeping the Energiewende on a steady course and fulfilling Germany’s international climate obligations will still be major tasks for any new administration. Elections in the federal states of North Rhine-Westphalia, Schleswig-Holstein and Saarland were closely watched for indications of the autumn result. The Clean Energy Wire follows the road to the next Energiewende government with background material, interviews and live coverage of milestones along the campaigns. [UPDATE adds Westphal interview]

 

"Conditions for a coal exit are lacking"

Germany currently does not have the necessary conditions to set a clear target date for exiting coal, says the SPD's energy spokesman Bernd Westphal. Read the interview here.

 

 

 

 

 

 The road to the next Energiewende government

Reichstag, home of the German Bundestag (c) Deutscher Bundestag / Simone M. NeumannThis factsheet provides an overview of relevant events over the coming months, and will be updated as new dates are set.

 

 

 

Conservatives' election programme sticks to national climate goals

Joint election programme by the conservative alliance of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU and its Bavarian sister party CSU. Photo source - CLEW 2017. The conservative alliance of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU and its Bavarian sister party CSU has pledged to stick to the country’s national climate targets, including the long fought-over Climate Action Plan 2050, in the two parties’ joint programme for September’s federal election. See the full programme here.

 

 

“There’s no way around a coal exit law”

 Eva Bulling-Schröter, Member of the German Bundestag and spokesperson for energy and climate policy for the Left Party’s parliamentary group. Source - Office of Bulling-Schröter 2017. Eva Bulling-Schröter, Member of the German Bundestag and spokesperson for energy and climate policy for the Left Party’s parliamentary group, talks to CLEW about her party’s climate and energy policy.

 

 

 

SPD election programme draft includes CO₂ floor price, climate protection law

Logo of Germany's Social Democratic Party (SPD). Source - spd.de 2017. The Social Democratic Party (SPD) wants to develop a national climate protection law and possibly start negotiations to agree minimum prices for CO₂ on a European level, the party says in its federal election campaign programme. See the full programme here.

 

 

 

 

"We’re not here to protect German carmakers"

says Hermann Otto Solms, energy expert of the Free Democratic Party (FDP). Find out more about the party's energy policy ambitions in this interview.

 

 

 

"End the sustained subsidies system of the EEG”

Cover of the Free Democrats' preliminary programme for the 2017 German parliamentary elections - Source / FDP

The German Free Democratic Party (FDP) wants to “end the sustained subsidies system of the [Renewable Energy Act] EEG” with its priority grid access and feed-in tariffs for renewables, the party writes in its programme for the autumn general elections. See the full programme here.

 

 

 

“Investing in renewable energy, disempowering energy corporations”

Cover of the preliminary campaign programme for the federal elections 2017 by Left Party. Source - Left Party 2017.In its federal election campaign programme, the Left Party advocates the “socially fair ecologic transition created by the people in a democratic way”, with renewable energies, a coal exit, ecologic mobility, climate protection, a sustainable economy and the fight against energy poverty at the core. See the full programme here.

 

 

The Green Party's draft election programme - a first look

Cover of the preliminary campaign programme for the federal elections 2017 by Green Party. Source - Green Party 2017. The Green Party's election programme focuses on the “ecological modernisation” of Germany. In the run-up to September’s parliamentary elections, the Greens set out their aims of reinvigorating renewables development, giving up coal and weaning heating and transportation of fossil fuels. See the full programme here.

 

 

Ending the project decarbonisation and abolishing the Climate Action Plan 2050

Cover of the preliminary campaign programme for the federal elections 2017 by Alternative for Germany (AfD). Source - AfD 2017. The right-wing party Alternative for Germany (AfD) questions the scientific consensus that climate change is mainly caused by humans, wants the country to exit the Paris Climate Agreement and abolish the recently adopted Climate Action Plan 2050, according to the its campaign programme for the upcoming federal elections. See the full programme here.

 

Efficient sector coupling and digitalisation post-election key topics

Many aspects of energy policy will have to be pursued regardless of which party prevails in elections, says Rainer Baake, State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). Read the article here.

 

"We will have to talk about a gradual end to renewables support."

Thomas Bareiß, Member of the German Bundestag and Representative for Energy Policy of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group.says Thomas Bareiß, Member of the German Bundestag and Representative for Energy Policy of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group. Read the interview here.

 

 

 

 

 

Merkel shuns energy, climate at party conference focused on security, migration

Chancellor Merkel speaks at the CDU federal party conference in Essen, December 2016.Chancellor Angela Merkel and her party left energy and climate policy on the sidelines at the Christian Democratic Union’s (CDU) conference in Essen. Read the full story here.

 

 

 

 "We have to deliver on the Paris targets"

Anton Hofreiter, chairman of the German Greens' parliamentary group. says Anton Hofreiter, chairman of the German Greens' parliamentary group. Read the interview here

 

 

 

 German Greens to make coal exit, fossil car ban an election focus

Green Party delegates at the federal conference in Münster, November 2016. Banning combustion engines inand exiting coal-fired power production are likely to be two key Green Party demands in the general elections. Although the party won’t adopt a final programme before summer, the party convention's results will serve as guidelines for 2017.

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