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Jan-Hendrik Goldbeck, Managing Partner, GOLDBECK GmbH; Philip Grosse, CFO, Deutsche Wohnen SE; Dr Hinrich Mählmann, Managing and Personally Liable Partner, OTTO FUCHS KG; Christian Lewandowski, Chief Executive Officer, Gegenbauer Holding SE & Co. KG; Sabine Nallinger, Board Member, Foundation 2°; Kristian Evers, Partner, Papier- und Kartonfabrik Varel GmbH & Co. KG; Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Leader of the CDU Germany; Markus Müller-Drexel, Managing Director, ALBA Services Holding GmbH; Andreas Engelhardt, Managing and Personally Liable Partner, Schüco International KG; Birgit Klesper, Senior Vice President Group Corporate Responsibility, Deutsche Telekom AG; Hans Lerchl, Head of Energy, Stadtwerke München GmbH (from left to right), photo: Marcel Schlegelmilch

Over a third of CO2 emissions in Germany come from buildings and their occupants. The construction sector therefore plays a key role in meeting the Paris Climate Agreement target of a virtually climate-neutral building stock by 2050. That is why Deutsche Wohnen is getting involved in Foundation 2°’s Climate Protection Act Business Initiative.

Position papers on climate protection legislation

In recent months, members of the Climate Protection Act Business Initiative have been working on multi-industry and sector-specific position papers with specific recommendations on achieving climate protection targets – the papers are set to be published soon. In addition to those from the construction sector, experts from industry and transport also took part.

To find out how discussions were going, Foundation 2° invited executives from the businesses involved to talks with the leader of the CDU, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. Besides the planned climate protection legislation, the discussion – attended by Deutsche Wohnen CFO Philip Grosse – focused on the carbon tax, a current hot topic.

Companies made it clear to the CDU that business is ready to lead the way on climate policy and invest in new technologies. However, from their perspective, politicians need to quickly create reliable framework conditions and incentives for environmentally friendly business practices. A carbon price must act as an incentive to succeed with the most eco-friendly products and services possible.

Kramp-Karrenbauer demands planning security for businesses

In the discussion, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer made it clear that she was in favour of carbon pricing and clear framework conditions for businesses. The CDU leader made the case for a fundamental redesign of the system of taxes, duties and levies in the energy sector – not due to insufficient taxation, but rather because of too little direction with regard to CO2 reduction. Ultimately, there had to be a concept that would promote CO2 reduction, would give businesses security in planning and would be accepted by the majority of the population.

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