01.02.2022 – 12:06
Joint Welfare Association
The Paritätische Gesamtverband and the German Federation for the Environment and Nature Conservation (BUND) describe the abolition of the EEG surcharge planned by the federal government as being unreasonable in terms of budgetary policy, counterproductive in terms of environmental policy and socially unbalanced. In order to support people in the face of high energy prices, both associations are instead calling for targeted immediate measures to support people on low incomes. The announced introduction of a per capita repayment for high energy costs (climate money or climate bonus) must also be accelerated.
Ulrich Schneider, General Manager of the Joint Association: “The federal government is rightly thinking of relieving the dramatic rise in energy prices. But abolishing the EEG surcharge will not reach those who need it most in a targeted manner. Instead, it tears a big hole in the federal budget. In view of the many important projects of the Federal government, which are subject to funding, the abolition is fiscally irresponsible. This also applies to the reduction of taxes in other areas, which Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner brings into play.”
In order to shape the energy transition in a social way in view of rising prices, both associations are calling on the federal government to speed up plans to introduce a climate bonus.
Says about this Olaf Bandt, Chairman of the Federation for the Environment and Nature Conservation Germany (BUND): “The high price of energy is due to a crisis in fossil fuels. With the announced abolition of the EEG surcharge, the federal government is thwarting its own environmental policy plans. The abolition is a risk for the budget and also a threatening brake on the expansion of renewable energies. Instead, we need In the current situation of high energy prices, we need a targeted social policy and reimbursement of the pricing of CO2 as a climate bonus. The introduction has already been decided in the coalition agreement. It is high time to implement this plan.”
High energy prices can lead to sensible climate policy management and thus counteract the climate crisis. However, such an increase should not turn environmental policy into an elite project. So the housing allowance must be extended to more beneficiaries. In view of the price increases, immediate aid of 100 euros per month is urgently needed in the basic security system. In order to make basic security permanently poverty-proof, it would have to be increased by more than 50 percent: According to the latest calculations by the Joint Research Center, the standard rate for adults living alone should be 678 euros. In addition, the electricity costs should be covered in full, as is already the case with heating costs, according to the demand. In addition, both associations are calling for an end to the ban on electricity and gas locks. Instead, the energy suppliers must be obliged to offer advice on saving energy, similar to the electricity saving check, to those who have gotten into this situation due to financial hardship.
A per-capita redistribution of the full income from CO2 pricing is an ecologically effective and socio-politically urgently needed instrument, both associations conclude. This is the only way to combine ecological effectiveness with social balance. It’s only eco-social. The federal government must also promote the nature-friendly and decentralized expansion of renewable energies.
Philipp Meinert (parity association)
Lia Polotzek (BUND)
Original content from: Paritätischer Wohlfahrtsverband, transmitted by news aktuell