News Digest Item
25 Sep 2018

German industry calls for more decisive energy and climate policy

Clean Energy Wire

Germany’s energy and climate policy lacks decisiveness and a coherent approach, according to representatives of the country’s industries. “Germany must urgently take an integral approach to the climate-friendly modernisation of our economy, instead of exiting single technologies,” said Dieter Kempf, president of the Federation of German Industries (BDI). “Sadly, the gap between desire and reality remains huge in German energy and climate policy,” Kemp said at a BDI event. “We argue about a coal exit in purely national terms, witness a standstill in building renovations, observe a dramatic lag in grid expansion, and experience a continued rise in power prices.” He added that current policies harmed businesses without serving Germany’s ambitious climate targets. "The announcement of new climate targets that are even more ambitious is the wrong answer to obvious practical implementation deficits,” he said.

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