“Coalition leaves building energy act to fail”
The government coalition of the conservative CDU/CSU and Social Democrats (SPD) has failed to agree on a law (GEG) that would set new energy efficiency standards for Germany’s buildings by 2019, Jens Tartler writes in Der Tagesspiegel. Social-Democrat Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks said the conservatives deliberately let negotiations on the GEG fail, giving up on an opportunity for Germany to serve as a role model on integrating climate protection into the construction of public buildings, Tartler writes. The CDU/CSU argued that the proposed efficiency standards were too ambitious and disproportionate to the impact they would have on climate protection.
Read the article in German here.