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harvested With its draft of a climate protection act, the environment Minister, Svenja Schulze, has a lot of criticism to read. Your proposal would have the stuff to make Germany return to the climate policy model, and it would also help the economy rather than harming it, as is often falsely claimed. The environmental scientist Sebastian Helgenberger writes. He directs at the IASS Potsdam and the research group on the social and economic opportunities of the energy transition (co-benefits).

The ambitious draft law of Minister Schulze is a clear Signal, because he States that Germany takes the objectives of the Paris climate and his own promises seriously. He gives the decisions of the coal Commission for a binding framework. But above all, a climate protection act would create, as the Minister of the environment intends it, is a good basis for a future-oriented German industrial policy.

If the Federal government can agree on a climate bill with binding Pretend to, it runs the risk to lose a huge Chance. Germany could economically compared to other countries that already invest heavily in the global energy revolution, far back.

Clear objectives for all sectors

What is criticized by the opponents of the proposal, is in truth an important and good Signal for the company: the draft of The Minister determines to be binding and in clear steps, what is expected of each sector, for example transport, agriculture and construction, so that Germany can reach its goal of climate neutrality by 2050. As a result, he is the first to set a reliable framework for investments in the energy or automotive industry and in other sectors – provided that he act. The design brings the ability to plan and minimize potential investment risks. Schulze’s proposal makes exactly what called for in the last week, the Federation of German industries (BDI), the German energy Agency (DENA) and the research network ESYS in a joint statement.

Renewable energy is a future market. The global demand for clean energy and electric vehicles will continue to grow strongly: This realization comes slowly in German corporations. Mainly the development is driven by the globally agreed climate protection goals, economic and socio-political interests. Lead markets of China, India and the USA. Two examples: One from the IASS Potsdam coordinated the study came to the result that, for example, in India up to the year 2030 alone, due to the growth of solar energy up to a Million additional jobs can be created. And Texas is because of the unbeatable cost advantage of the latest Generation of wind turbines, in the meantime, leading the way in this area.

In terms of the energy turnaround has earned Germany the world a name. The Same is true for his high-qualifying training system and the world respected the art of engineering. And Germany would have had so good opportunities in the new energy and mobility world is quite ahead of the game – were it not for the energy corporations who have ignored important innovations and, thereby, to the edge of Ruin, and were it not for a German automotive industry, the owner of the policy in its clumsiness was required, and could well lose the race to the mobility of the future against the United States and China.

the climate protection act, the Federal government has opened up the Chance to give the whether the global changes are obvious unsettled corporate bosses in Wolfsburg, and eat substantial investment signals. It is an industrial policy for the future.