Everyone wants more climate protection – but they don’t want to pay for it

When Germans are asked whether they would fly less planes, drive cars or eat meat, many agree. In fact, they behave differently.

Schoolchildren from Frankfurt take part in the global climate protest

IIn the fight against global warming, the chairman of the Committee of Economic Wise Men recommends that politicians put a price on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. This is the cheapest method, said the head of the RWI Leibniz Institute in Essen, Christoph Schmidt. In total, it will cost several trillion euros before the economy stops emitting CO2 emissions from fossil fuels such as coal and oil. “Even with a view to the individual citizen, one must honestly say: climate protection costs something, it is not available for free,” said Schmidt.

The federal government has commissioned Schmidt and the Potsdam climate researcher Ottmar Edenhofer to provide a report. The CDU / CSU parliamentary group announced at the weekend that it wants to develop a model for CO2 pricing by September. The appointment is necessary so that the concept can flow into the government deliberations on the climate protection law, said parliamentary group vice-president Andreas Jung (CDU) of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. He emphasized that it was “not about new burdens, but about more efficiency”. An expansion of emissions trading to include heating and transport is just as possible as tax incentives.