BERLIN (Reuters) – Three months after Chancellor Olaf Scholz took power, a planned energy conservation law is still stuck in government. The Cabinet won’t address energy efficiency regulations on Wednesday either, a government official said Monday. The project was part of an order three months ago when he ordered Mr. Scholz to extend the life of the remaining nuclear power plants. This is also legally enshrined and implemented, as is his agreement with RWE on the duration of lignite power plants and his 2030 planned termination of coal power generation. I will submit it to the Cabinet, and it was regarded as a success of the Green Party in exchange for the nuclear power plant decision.
But a draft put forward by Climate Minister Robert Hubeck (Greens) in October has been stuck in government for months. Government officials said both Construction Minister Clara Gaewitz (SPD) and Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP) had expressed concerns. According to the draft, specific savings targets for 2030, 2040 and 2045 should be set. By 2030, we need to reduce final energy consumption by about 15%. Federal, state, and corporate levels should be held accountable. The EU is also calling for greater efforts in terms of efficiency.
Christian Noll, Managing Director of the German Energy Efficiency Initiative (DENEFF), said: “This central law has now been unmoved for three months, and it’s time to do everything to reduce consumption in the coming winter. It is mostly about expanding electricity production, and the word efficiency is never mentioned in interviews or talk shows. “The federal government continues to waste a lot of time unnecessarily, openly risking serious social and economic disruption.”
Energy Conservation Act also stuck three months after Prime Minister’s Word of Power
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