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Climate protection: CSU wants to promote the purchase of energy


Those who buy highly energy-efficient washing machines, dryers or similar appliances should be reimbursed 20 percent of the cost of the tax: This provides according to a report, the "climate strategy" of the CSU.

The CSU wants to promote the purchase of energy-efficient household appliances vigorously fiscal: Whoever grows highly energy-efficient washing machines, dryers or similar devices should be reimbursed 20 percent of the cost of tax. This emerges from the comprehensive "climate strategy" of the CSU, which is to be decided at the party executive meeting this Friday and Saturday - the paper is available to the German Press Agency.

"We want to grant a tax rebate for expenditures for climate saving in the own household: whether with climate-friendly investments in the own four walls, energy-friendly domestic appliances or investments for climate-friendly heating", according to the paper. According to the will of the CSU, the "climate bonus" should be granted up to a maximum of € 10,000 per year.

In addition to the purchase of energy-efficient household appliances, energy-efficient refurbishment of self-occupied residential property or the replacement of old heating systems by 2030 are to be promoted: "We want to use a scrapping scheme to promote the replacement of old, inefficient heating systems," states the 16-page paper. The energetic modernization of company buildings should also be fiscally promoted.

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The proposal for a comprehensive climate tax reform is part of the concept of the CSU, with which the party wants to go into the decisive phase of the Berlin coalition consultations on a major climate protection package. The central idea is to incentivize more climate protection instead of, for example, introducing a CO2 tax - here, the CSU prefers the expansion of trading in so-called CO2 certificates.

For a transitional period, the CSU also advocates a national emissions trading system in sectors for which there is still no European system, for example in transport. Price caps and bottoms should be set for the price of CO2.

Other points of the CSU concept include the reduction of VAT on train tickets from 19 to 7 percent, the nationwide introduction of 365-euro tickets in public transport, as well as the favoring of e-service cars and a vehicle geared more towards CO2 emissions -Tax. The surcharge for renewable energies is to be gradually reduced and the commuter allowance increased. A "competitive price tax" for low-cost flights, as CSU country group leader Alexander Dobrindt had recently proposed, can not be found in the paper.

Source: spiegel

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