Climate protection agreements: Industry demands solid guidelines

The response to the climate protection proposals of the green candidate for chancellor is mixed. The industry has numerous suggestions for improvement.

Chancellor candidate Annalena Baerbock (left) in an MTU training center in Brandenburg.

DHow climate protection costs money is already being clearly felt by drivers. Since the beginning of the year, CO2 pricing has pushed the tank bill up significantly, and that is by no means the end of the flagpole. Just because of the higher prices for emission rights, the liter of gasoline will probably increase by sixteen cents by 2023, has calculated the Green Chancellor candidate Annalena Baerbock. The other question is what it will cost to buy a new car in the future. In order to fight global warming, steel, sheet metal and plastics also have to be produced in a climate-friendly way. The technical retrofitting alone will devour tens of billions, and ongoing production costs will rise sharply.

From a purely economic point of view, rebuilding would be hara-kiri. For many years to come, it would be cheaper to buy CO2 certificates than to switch to clean production. But time is of the essence. If Germany wants to achieve its climate goals, steelworks and chemical plants must be converted as quickly as possible. Some have to replace coke and coal, others natural gas and oil with electricity and green hydrogen. The steel mills alone estimate around 30 billion euros for the technical infrastructure, of which 10 billion euros by 2030. BASF is calculating one billion euros for pilot plants for its headquarters by 2025 and two to three billion euros in the following five years for upgrading plants on a larger scale .