News Digest Item
17 May 2017

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

SPD / Clean Energy Wire

The Social Democratic Party (SPD) wants to develop a national climate protection law and introduce a CO₂ floor price, the party says in a first draft for the federal election campaign programme. "We will continue to develop European emissions trading as a key instrument to protect the climate and introduce a minimum price for CO₂," the draft states. The party’s leadership will further discuss the draft and decide it on 22 May. The final programme will be decided at the federal party conference on 25 June. Other key provisions on energy and climate policy include:

  • Develop national Climate Protection Law with targets for climate-relevant sectors; based on technology neutrality and openness towards innovation
  • Examine all subsidies and taxes for the effects on the climate
  • Want to examine alternative ways to finance Energiewende
  • “Will make Germany the most energy efficient economy in the world”
  • Energiewende: energy must be environmentally friendly, affordable, and the supply secured (all equally important)
  • Push sector coupling
  • Secure competitiveness of German industry during energy transition
  • Prevent carbon leakage / take into account different competition conditions regarding climate protection
  • Fossil fuels necessary for way to successful and complete energy transition / natural gas becomes more important
  • Uphold ban of unconventional fracking
  • Push other countries to exit nuclear power generation / promote removal of EU support for construction of new nuclear power plants
  • Promote e-mobility “for climate and industry policy reasons” / push for ambitious EU passenger car emissions limits

Find the draft in German here.

For background on the federal elections read the CLEW dossier Vote2017 - German elections and the Energiewende.

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