The conservative climate group KlimaUnion (ClimateUnion), which is made up of party members of the governing CDU/CSU alliance, has released a position paper in which the members argue that Germany could become the world’s first industrialised country running on 100-percent renewable energy supply as early as 2030 and simultaneously reduce citizens’ expenses on transport, heating and power use.
The group was founded in April with the aim of pushing the conservative bloc to adopt climate policy in line with the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C target.
Group member Wiebke Winter said the position paper should be seen as an “argumentation aid” for the conservative CDU/CSU alliance’s election manifesto that offers “concrete proposals” on starting to make Germany climate neutral already during the next legislative period until 2025.
“These are the years that matter,” Winter said.
KlimaUnion co-founder Heinrich Strößenreuther said the goal was to lure investors through deregulation and make people look forward to the financial benefits bequeathed by a comprehensive energy transition.
Spurred by unusually hot and dry weather conditions and large-scale protest led by the Fridays for Future movement, climate change has become a leading voter concern in Germany in the past years.
It remains vague on climate and energy, leaving plenty of leeway for possible government coalition negotiations with competitors like the Green Party. »