In the opinion of the candidate for chancellor of the SPD Scholz, there is too much talk about climate protection objectives. But it is a question of acting quickly.
Berlin (dpa) – SPD chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz has criticized the fact that too little action is being taken on climate protection. “The most important thing is to tackle now,” said the vice-chancellor in an interview published on Wednesday by the environmental protection organization WWF.
We are talking too much about goals at the moment. “They are important, but now we have to do what is necessary,” Scholz stressed. A law on the expansion of renewable energies must be passed quickly, and it must be ensured that power cables and wind turbines do not remain in the planning process for too long.
“This is the reality today and it can be translated as follows: if we do not change anything, we will not achieve any of the climate goals,” warned Scholz. For him, climate protection is above all an industrial project, underlined the Minister of Finance.
For most citizens, only the way of production and some consumer goods will change – like more electric cars and railways. In return for a moderate price for CO2 emissions in homes and traffic, citizens should be relieved by the drop in electricity prices.
Federal association calls for speed in wind power expansion
In the meantime, the Federal Association for Energy and Water Management has presented many specific proposals to increase the speed of expansion of wind power. In order to achieve climate protection goals, a significant expansion and reconstruction of energy infrastructure is needed. However, this is not feasible with the current legal situation, said Kerstin Andreae, the boss of BDEW in Berlin.
The aim should be to significantly speed up the approval process for all investment projects. For example, in onshore wind and open space photovoltaic projects, a maximum period of nine months must elapse between the application and the granting of a permit. According to BDEW, this has typically taken two years to date.