Government plans to phase out support for fossil fuel heating systems by 2020
The federal economy ministry (BMWi) plans to phase out support for heating systems that run entirely on fossil fuels by 2020, as part of its new “Energy efficiency and heat from renewable energies” strategy. Industry opposition to the plans is inevitable, Dana Heide writes for Handelsblatt. The government aims to “clean up the current parallel, and sometimes muddled” support for energy efficiency measures in buildings, Heide says. In a press release, state secretary Rainer Baake said the plans “implemented an important measure of Germany’s Climate Action Plan 2050”. But it remains to be seen if the strategy will be carried through by a new government after the federal elections in September, the article says.