CO2 tax on heating: Tenants' Association fears new burdens

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The recommendation of the economies to increase the fuel and heating with oil and gas and thus the CO2 emissions, worries the German Tenants' Association. He fears this new charges for tenants. "It can not be that the resulting costs in the area of ​​heating are transferred to the tenants," said Renters' Union President Lukas Siebenkotten the newspapers of Funke media group. Tenants have "no influence on how their apartment is heated". This is finally decided by the landlords, which is why they should also pay the additional costs of a CO2 tax in the heating sector.

The economics recommend the Federal Government to extend emissions trading on transport and heating by 2030 at the latest. Environment Minister Svenja Schulze (SPD) has already submitted similar plans. However, the experts emphasize that the price of carbon dioxide emitted should not be a source of revenue for the state, but should go back to the citizens entirely, for example in the form of electricity tax relief, especially for the lower income strata.

The board of the Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband, Klaus Müller, emphasized that the social design of CO2 pricing is important for consumers. "The revenue from the CO2 price must be completely returned to the group of private households," he told the "Rheinische Post".

Homeowners also see tenants in duty

From the point of view of the owners' association Haus und Grund, tenants will also have to dig deeper into their pockets if heating costs rise as a result of carbon pricing. "The phasing out of nuclear energy, the phasing out of coal-fired power generation, which will also lead to massively rising prices, and if CO2 taxation then comes along, it will be really expensive for everyone living in this country," said Association President Kai Warnecke the German Press Agency.

The costs of the energy transition could not be financed without tenants taking part in it. "Finding a solution with a sense of proportion will be crucial when carbon pricing comes," Warnecke said. It is certain that heating and hot water would be much more expensive for all in Germany if the proposals of the business practices were implemented.

Background of the debate is that Germany currently misses its own and international goals in climate protection. In the second half of September, the federal government wants to lash out a package that ensures that at least the goal for 2030 – namely 55 percent less greenhouse gases than 1990 – is achieved. A CO2 price is just one building block, but could, according to experts, make a difference, especially in traffic and heating.

Meanwhile, Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) has initiated a review of rail ticket prices. "The pricing policy is basically okay, but we have to talk about which specific routes the railways have to lower their prices to be even more competitive to the plane," said Scheuer the "Bild" newspaper.

At the same time the minister warned against exaggerations. It would be alright to take a plane if you did not come to your desired goal in a different way. "I'm also cautioning against promotion of flying auck."

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