Michael Bauchmüller and Claus Hulverscheidt
There is a lot of hammering going on around the German boiler room. “Residential hammer”, “heating hammer”, “energy hammer” – these are now common terms for the building energy law that the building minister Klara Geywitz (SPD) and economics minister Robert Habeck (Greens) have presented. With so much hammering, the green vice chancellor seems increasingly annoyed. “To say that we want to be climate-neutral in 2045, people will quickly install a few more gas heaters, is simply not possible,” he said on Tuesday on ARD. “That’s a lie.” But what exactly are the two ministries planning? How expensive will the replacement of boilers be – and who should pay for all this? An overview.