Laschet: "We mustn't waste any time"

climate policy Laschet: "We mustn't waste any time"

Armin Laschet

"What is still possible in this electoral period must be done": Armin Laschet. Photo: Michael Kappeler / dpa

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CDU boss and Union Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet calls for quick action after the Federal Cabinet's decision for a new climate protection law.

After the cabinet decision for a new climate protection law, Union Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet is urging immediate implementation.

It is crucial that higher goals are combined with additional measures. "We have to start implementing immediately and mustn't lose any time," said the CDU chairman to the editorial network in Germany (RND). "What is still possible in this electoral term must be done," he added.

The North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister called for an overall concept for the path to climate neutrality to be built on this in the new electoral term. The CDU boss also demanded that the "pricing path" for the greenhouse gas CO2 must be "tightened, with larger steps and earlier pricing on the market". The CO2 price on fossil fuels, which has been in effect since the beginning of January, makes life more expensive for most citizens in Germany. Laschet also warned that the energy transition would only succeed if it was social and fair.

The federal cabinet passed a new climate protection law on Wednesday, 13 days after the Federal Constitutional Court had warned that the predecessor should be specified. Germany is to become climate neutral by 2045 - and five years earlier than previously planned, it will only emit as many harmful greenhouse gases as can be bound again. To achieve this, the individual economic sectors such as transport or industry will have to cut emissions significantly by 2030.

The FDP climate expert Lukas Köhler criticized the coalition's rapid action. "It is utter madness to pass a law in a rush that has such far-reaching consequences as this for climate protection," said Köhler of "Welt". The federal government is setting goals here without having a plan for how they can be achieved, without a reliable assessment of the consequences and costs, and without knowing which requirements the EU will make.