News
13 Sep 2021, 13:50
Jessica Bateman

Head of Germany’s consumer protection organisations calls for a fairer climate transition

Tagesspiegel

The head of the Federation of German Consumer Organisations (VZBV) has called for a climate friendly infrastructure model that also guarantees citizens a certain standard of living. In an interview with newspaper Der Tagesspiegel, Klaus Müller said that, along with regulating industry and prices, Germany should be building “a climate-compatible infrastructure that gives citizens, for example, a guarantee of mobility – not only in big cities, but also in the countryside”. “The German government has promoted the market for new e-cars with subsidies worth billions, but it has neglected the used car market. The crucial question is: When I buy a used battery, can I be sure that it has been independently tested and is worth the money?,” he said. He also suggested that compensation measures, paid through the social security system, should be geared to avoiding social division. For example, those who travel by bus and train and live in well-insulated homes should receive back more than someone who drives an SUV and regularly takes planes. He also criticised the current government for funding its industrial policies through electricity prices, leading to consumers facing the most expensive power costs in Europe while grid operators’ “pockets are being lined”.

The issue of who should pay for the climate transition has been hotly contested in Germany. The current CO2 price on heating and transport fuels has been attacked as unfair on low income households and been a key issue of the election campaigns.

All texts created by the Clean Energy Wire are available under a “Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence (CC BY 4.0)” . They can be copied, shared and made publicly accessible by users so long as they give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made.
« previous news next news »

Ask CLEW

Kerstine Appunn

Researching a story? Drop CLEW a line or give us a call for background material and contacts.

info@cleanenergywire.org

+49 30 700 1435 212

Journalism for the energy transition

Get our Newsletter
Join our Network
Find an interviewee