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Habeck's heating plan for 2024: There is a risk of high fines - what can consumers expect?


Federal Minister of Economics Robert Habeck wants to ban gas and oil heating. Those who do not comply with the new regulations must expect high fines.

Federal Minister of Economics Robert Habeck wants to ban gas and oil heating.

Those who do not comply with the new regulations must expect high fines.

Berlin – Germany has legally committed to becoming greenhouse gas neutral by 2045 at the latest.

In order to achieve this, Economics Minister Robert Habeck (Greens) is now going all out with his ban on oil and gas heating.

As can be seen from a draft bill, which was initially available in the


, the ministry wants to ban the installation of climate-damaging heating systems from 2024.

From then on, only heating systems that generate heat from "at least 65 percent renewable energy" should be installed.

Those who do not comply with the new rules must expect high fines.

Economics Minister Habeck wants to ban gas and oil heating systems – no new installation of heating systems from 2024

According to the

Federal Statistical Office

, around every second household in Germany is currently heated with natural gas, and every fourth apartment is kept warm with oil.

If the design is implemented, these residents will have to look for an alternative heating option over the next few years and may have to completely modernize their heating system.

According to the report, already installed oil and gas heating systems should only be allowed to run for a maximum of 30 years, and from 2045 the use of fossil heating systems should be completely banned.

If a heater breaks down, the user has three years to make the changeover.

Chimney sweeps check whether consumers also comply with these new regulations.


Germany should supply countries with weapons "that are close to us in terms of value," said Robert Habeck.


Chimney sweeps check implementation of Habeck's heating plan - ignoring will be expensive

Because they check whether a heater can still be operated.

This happens twice in seven years when the chimney sweep inspects all the heating systems in the house during the "fireplace inspection".

"If it is determined that a heater can no longer be operated, the chimney sweeps are obliged to report this to the responsible authority," explains Dr.

Julian Schwark, head of the energy department at the Federal Association of Chimney Sweeps, the



According to Bild

, consumers who do not comply with the ban on operating oil or gas heating can

face a fine of up to 50,000 euros.

But it's not just ignoring the new rules that can get really expensive - switching to more climate-friendly alternatives also involves high acquisition costs.

That's why Habeck has already made it clear, according to the


, that he sees a strong need for government support when switching to climate-friendly heating systems.

Habeck's plan: ban on gas and oil heating meets with criticism in politics

Nevertheless, the draft bill by the Ministry of Economics met with harsh criticism from politicians.

FDP General Secretary Bijan Djir-Sarai called the initiative "complete nonsense"

in an interview with

T-Online and spoke of Habeck's "stubborn ideology".

The Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder also considers the heating ban to be an “attack on the middle class”.

“Who can afford to quickly replace their heating now?” Söder told 

Bild am Sonntag


According to him, the Greens had obviously completely lost touch with the reality of life.

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Source: merkur

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