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At least 35 euros per ton: City Day calls for higher CO2 price


Ten euros per ton - with this the federal government wants to get into the CO2-price. The city day is clearly too low. The local association demands at least 35 euros.

Schleswig-Holstein has just announced resistance to the federal government's climate package in the Federal Council, among other things because of the too low a CO2 price. Now also calls the German Association of Cities a much higher starting price, specifically from 35 to 50 euros per tonne.

The planned by the federal government starting price of ten euros from 2021 will "cause no short-term behavioral changes," criticized the local authority. He would give no incentives, for example, to invest in higher energy efficiency or alternative propulsion.

In a position paper on the subject, the city council generally welcomed the Federal Government's measures within the framework of its climate protection program 2030 and the climate protection laws that were recently passed by the Bundestag. However, these were not enough to fulfill Germany's obligations under international climate protection agreements, the paper says.

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In its opinion, the association also called for a policy of "good judgment" with regard to the resulting financial burdens on citizens, businesses and businesses. "This would be possible, for example, through an income-related climate change package that people could receive," said Burkhard Jung (SPD), city cantonal president and mayor of Leipzig. According to Jung, the cities also wanted to strengthen their own efforts for climate protection at the same time.

With a CO2 price of ten euros per ton, a liter of gasoline or diesel would be about three cents per liter more expensive. The climate package of the Federal Government sees an increase in the price to 35 euros per ton from the year 2025 on. According to calculations by the Institute of Energy Economics in Cologne (EWI), the extra costs for a family of four would amount to about 300 euros per year if both parents continue to work in the car for relatively long journeys and are heated with an old gas boiler.

The Schleswig-Holstein head of government Daniel Günther (CDU) calls with at least 40 euros per ton of CO2 even a slightly higher starting price than the local association.

Source: spiegel

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