Industry association: Germany threatens to lose touch


From the industry’s point of view, Germany threatens to lose touch internationally if investment projects for more climate protection are not accelerated. “It mustn’t be that it takes more time for the approval of a rail project or an industrial plant than for the actual construction,” said the head of the industry association BDI, Siegfried Russwurm, of the German press agency.

“Otherwise we will miss the speed we need at the location. Our blocked republic is losing ground internationally.” When it comes to the climate targets it has set itself, Germany will quickly fall behind without being caught, said the BDI boss.

The federal government has set itself the goal of Germany becoming greenhouse gas neutral by 2045 – i.e. only emitting as many greenhouse gases as can be bound again. Along the way, emissions are expected to drop by 65 percent by 2030, and by 2040 a decrease of 88 percent should be achieved.

For the industry, the key year 2030 is “already tomorrow”, it said. “The plants that are to produce in a climate-friendly manner in 2030 are either already in place or the companies must now quickly decide on these investments,” said Russwurm. “If you continue at the pace of the past ten years, the energy transition will fail – and it will not fail because the industry does not want to.”

From the BDI’s point of view, a new federal government must quickly take concrete measures after the election on September 26th. Russwurm criticized that little was heard of this at the moment. “There is basically a discrepancy between goals and measures in all parties in climate policy.” Everyone was talking about goals, although there was not much disagreement here. “But politicians talk far too little about what has to happen in concrete terms and at what intervals in order to achieve these goals.”

However, companies cannot base investment decisions on goals alone. “As long as there is uncertainty about crucial issues, no company will push large investments,” warned the BDI boss.

Among other things, clarity about the significant expansion of renewable energies must be created. Not only high-voltage lines and large substations are necessary, but also a reform of the right of action. “I am not arguing against the fact that one can sue against such a decision as someone affected in his rights,” said Russwurm. But for projects of national interest, the legal process should go faster: “We should streamline the court process.”


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