German ‘climate protection law’: Critics call for alternatives to sector objectives

(EurActiv, 27 Feb 2019) Germany is at odds over the first draft of its national ‘climate protection law.’ Lessons learned from a similar French law show that one thing is important above all: agreeing on measures as quickly as possible. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Five European countries – France, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Scotland and Ireland – already have a form of “climate protection law”. Germany’s coalition agreement means the Bundesrepublik has to come out with its own.

Two weeks ago, the coalition committee postponed the matter. A week later, German environment minister Svenja Schulze took the initiative and passed her paper on to the German Chancellery.

The framework law should arrive at the parliament by the summer break, she hopes. The bill is now on the table and has sparked a debate about the best way to approach the climate objectives for 2050.

The French law also had difficult beginnings. While it initiated an important debate in France, it was also a bad example, Audrey Mathieu, senior advisor for Franco-German relations and EU climate policy at Germanwatch, told EURACTIV Germany.

“In France, we’ve seen how complicated it can get when the necessary measures aren’t decided at the same time as the framework law,” she added.

When the French government presented its updated multiannual planning for energy in November 2018, it was clear that the objective of reducing nuclear energy was effectively buried and had to be postponed for ten years.

In addition, the law on the energy transition has to be reformed. Mathieu’s conclusion was that it was essential for a package of measures to be quickly put in place.

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EurActiv, 27 Feb 2019: German ‘climate protection law’: Critics call for alternatives to sector objectives