Climate alliance puts pressure on political parties

Climate alliance makes parties steam

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Co2 neutrality by 2040, coal phase-out by 2030: alliance of environmental and social associations, ver.Di and other organizations present list of demands

The climate alliance germany, an alliance of around 140 organizations, which includes environmental and welfare associations as well as the united service sector union, is working to.Di, demands that political parties sharpen their climate protection targets and comply with them if they are involved in the next federal government. At a digital press conference on monday, about seven months before the federal election, the alliance presented a 28-page list of demands with the headline "shaping climate protection – we still have a choice!" from.

"In the next four years, the course must be set for a social-ecological transformation, for a climate-neutral, socially just restructuring of our economy and way of life", it says in the introduction.

At "a fair contribution to limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees celsius above pre-industrial levels, if possible" according to the paris climate protection target, germany must, according to current scientific knowledge "far before 2050" achieve climate neutrality and this "by 2040". The climate alliance thus ames that there is still five years more room for maneuver than, for example, the wuppertal institute for climate, environment and energy, from whose feasibility study the youth movement fridays for future, among others, quotes when it calls for co2 neutrality by 2035.

Nevertheless, the climate alliance is calling on the next federal government to make much more serious efforts than the current coalition of cdu/csu and spd has shown so far: "we demand that the new german government initiate the fastest possible and complete phase-out of fossil fuels with the help of energy conservation, energy efficiency, renewable energies and green hydrogen", the organizations. "In germany, this requires a coal phase-out by 2030 and a complete phase-out of fossil oil and gas in the early 2040s." also, no further villages in the federal republic should be resettled in favor of opencast lignite mining.

The sustainable use of hydrogen could be a complement, but not a substitute for other measures such as minimizing energy consumption "through sufficiency and efficiency and direct electrification with renewable electricity" its.

In the area of mobility, the "the environmental alliance of transport, cycling, rail and public transport" must be massively strengthened in order to be able to significantly reduce private motorized transport. In order to be able to finance all this, it is demanded on the one hand "that the german government also advocates at the eu level that the resources from the eu investment fund be consistently used to demand investments in climate-neutral plants in the primary industries". In addition "a co2 price that is fair to the polluter", which will be "the damage costs of 205 euros per ton of co2 emitted in 2030, as conservatively calculated by the federal environment agency" . As a social compensation for lower-income groups, the "a per-capita redistribution system that is as socially differentiated as possible should be tested and, if necessary, implemented".

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