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Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Presents Energy Efficiency Incentive Programme Instead of Tax Relief

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has announced a new Energy Efficiency Incentive Programme providing support in the amount of EUR 165 million per year. The energy efficiency programme shall replace a previously proposed tax incentive regime for energy-efficient renovations that could not be agreed on with the Länder (federal states).

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No Tax Incentives for Energy-Efficient Renovation? Heavy Criticism by BDEW

According to media reports, the government and the federal states yet again could not agree on planned tax incentives promoting energy-efficient renovations contained in the latest German National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NAPE). The Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) strongly criticised the parties. Similar plans by the previous government also failed due to opposition by the federal states that feared tax losses.

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Government Adopts Climate Action and Energy Efficiency Programmes to Reach 2020 CO2 Goal

In an effort to reach Germany’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2020, the government has adopted the “Action Programme on Climate Protection 2020″ (Climate Programme 2020). The National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NAPE) is an important element of this action programme and was also approved. Without the various measures contained, including additional CO2 savings of another 22 million tonnes by the German power plant fleet, Germany would miss the target by 5 to 8%, the government said. Climate protection efforts shall triple compared to the last fifteen years.

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Draft Climate Protection Programme: CO2 Reduction Contribution From Energy Generation Under Discussion

According to initial information on a (not yet formally published) draft of the “Action Programme on Climate Protection 2020” prepared by the Environment Ministry (BMUB), the exact CO2 reduction contribution expected from electricity generation is still open. Several media reports papers discuss whether Germany will be able to reach its goal of reducing CO2 emissions by 40% compared with 1990 by 2020 with the Climate Action Programme in its current form, taking into account also an (as yet also not formally published) draft of a National Action Plan on Energy Efficiency prepared by the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. The Cabinet is due to decide about both plans on 3 December.

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Federal Government Adopts 3rd National Energy Efficiency Action Plan

On 18 June 2014 the Federal Government adopted the 3rd National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (3. Nationalen Energieeffizienz-Aktionsplan, NEEAP). It describes the main existing measures and tools to increase energy efficiency and save energy in Germany. It will be submitted to the EU Commission as part of Germany’s reporting obligations under the EU Energy Efficiency Directive.

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