Climate Protection Dialogue Industry and Politics Presents Final Report

Federal Minister for the Environment Norbert Röttgen and high-ranking industry officials yesterday presented the final report of the Climate Protection Dialogue Industry and Politics (Klimaschutzdialog Wirtschaft und Politk). It contains a variety of proposals for further developing the national climate protection policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Climate Protection Dialogue was founded in May 2010 by Minister Röttgen, Siemens AG, Allianz SE, Metro AG and Vissmann GmbH & Co. KG. Four working groups co-headed by a ministry representative and a board member of the above-mentioned companies developed ideas and proposals for further greenhouse gas emission reductions.

Working group I, co-headed by Martin Viessmann, owner and managing director of the manufacturer of heating systems Viessmann GmbH & Co. KG, examined the possibilities of reducing greenhouse gas emissions of buildings. Buildings account for about 40 % of final energy consumption in Germany and about a third of CO2 emissions. The working group demands that medium- and long-term political goals be reflected in coordinated and consistent laws and regulations, giving owners and tenants planning reliability. Technically the group perceived the government’s goals as achievable. In its opinion the challenge lies in reaching the necessary market penetration. By a swift mass-market implementation of innovative technologies, costs have to be reduced so that products and installations become profitable, the group demands. It makes a number of comments and proposals in this respect. Tenancy law should enable and not impair incentives for energy-efficient modernizations of buildings, working group I points out. It also calls for tax incentives.

Working group II (Climate Protection and Financial Sector), co-headed by Allianz SE board member Dr. Joachim Faber, points out that climate protection is affordable and the financial sector ready to finance climate protection measures. The group (also) calls for a reliable regulatory framework. It makes specific proposals regarding renewable energy sources, networks, energy-efficiency, private equity, venture capital, promotion schemes, insurance matters, emission trading and climate protection reporting.

Working group III (Climate Protection in Industry and Trade), co-headed by Rudolf Martin Siegers, head of German operations of Siemens AG,  emphasizes that industry and trade could save up to one fifth of their energy consumption. This enormous potential has to be tapped, working group III demands. Proposals are made with respect to R&D and the implementation of energy-efficiency measures. Besides, possible financial incentives are pointed out.

Working group IV (Climate Protection and Products) was co-headed by Eckard Cordes, CEO of Metro AG the retail and wholesale/cash and carry group. The group also pledged its commitment to work towards a greater reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. A number of topics have been identified as relevant for the whole sector. Due to the diversity of the group members, the majority of the proposals were, however, made by groups such as manufacturers/supplier, commercial enterprises and associations.

Source: Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Protection an Nuclear Safety

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