Decided to increase: billion-euro program for building renovation

As of: 09/22/2021 1:29 p.m.

Last year the building sector missed the climate protection targets – now improvements have been made. The Federal Cabinet has approved an increase in the program to promote energy-efficient buildings by 5.7 billion euros.

The federal government has approved a multi-billion dollar program for more climate protection in the building sector. For the energetic building renovation, there should be additional funds of 5.7 billion euros, as the Ministry of Economic Affairs announced after a cabinet meeting.

Economics Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU) spoke of unprecedented record sums and money well spent for climate protection and jobs.

Improvement necessary

The background to the program is that the building sector was the only area that failed to meet its climate protection targets in the past year. Therefore, according to the Climate Protection Act, the responsible ministries have to make improvements, in this case the Ministry of Economics and the Ministry of the Interior.

An emergency program presented in July provided for additional funds of 5.8 billion euros. However, from the point of view of an expert council for climate issues set up by the federal government, the program was not sufficient to achieve climate targets in the building sector. That is why it has now been improved.

Positive interim results for the hydrogen strategy

The cabinet also dealt with the status of the “National Hydrogen Strategy”, which started a good year ago, and drew a positive interim balance. According to a first interim report, the strategy has been pushed ahead vigorously and important foundations for investments from the economy and for research initiatives have been created.

It refers, among other things, to 62 “large-scale hydrogen projects”, which would be funded with a total of eight billion euros. These range from projects for hydrogen generation, for use in transport to industrial applications. “We have launched major projects in many areas,” said Minister of Education Anja Karliczek (CDU) of the dpa news agency. But it is also clear that the pace of entry into a green hydrogen economy will have to be increased even further over the next few years.

The federal government decided on the strategy in June 2020. It provides billions in subsidies, legal relief and specific production targets. The focus is on so-called green hydrogen, which is obtained exclusively from renewable energy. It can serve as a basis for fuels and fuels, for example in order to replace the use of coal, oil and natural gas in industry and transport.

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Johannes Kuhn, DLF, 9/22/2021 9:19 p.m.


09/22/2021 • 8:26 pm

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