Climate - Companies and parliamentarians are calling for more ambitious EU climate policies

MEPs and company bosses are calling for the EU Commission to adopt a more ambitious climate policy. With proposals on how Europe can massively reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, there is a realistic chance, for example, of massively expanding renewable energies, according to a letter that, among others, Allianz boss Oliver Bäte, BASF CEO Martin Brudermüller, Daimler boss Ola Källenius and ThyssenKrupp CEO Martina Merz was signed.

German MEPs such as Peter Liese (CDU), Nikola Beer (FDP), Jens Geier (SPD) and Michael Bloss (Greens) have also signed the letter across political groups. On Wednesday, the EU Commission wants to present proposals on how Europe should become climate neutral by 2050. Among other things, projects to limit CO2 values ​​in new vehicles and changes in the pricing of CO2, which could have an impact on gasoline and heating costs, are expected.

The leaders of the Greens in the European Parliament, Ska Keller, and Michael Bloss, climate and industrial policy spokesman for the European Greens, demand in view of the proposals: “By 2030 we in the European Union have to get out of coal-fired power generation and by 2040 we have to get 100 percent renewable Energies have arrived. ”In addition, from 2030, only emission-free cars should be allowed. The industry is also dependent on green electricity. "We can no longer afford to 'carry on like this', otherwise other countries around the world will pass us by."