Renewable energy: the chemical industry wants more wind power

company call for Federal-state-summit greater Green Expansion. The is currently blocked by the Union group. Whether the currently gloomy Situation when Windra

Renewable energy: the chemical industry wants more wind power

company call for Federal-state-summit greater Green Expansion. The is currently blocked by the Union group.

Whether the currently gloomy Situation when Windradbau improves, is open. Photo: Reuters

Shortly before the Thursday planned Federal-state summit on the energy turnaround of the German Chemical industry Association (VCI), is pushing for a faster Expansion of renewable energies. "In the coming years, sufficient quantities of renewable electricity for the greenhouse neutrality of the chemical industry are available, not enough of the now-defined development path", - stated in a Letter from the VCI Stakeholder Dialogue on Decarbonization of the political groups in the Bundestag. "First of all, the wind development on Land behind the planning."

under the letter is signed apart from the VCI, among other things, the companies BASF, Dow, Lanxess and Wacker, the trade Union IG BCE and the environmental associations WWF and Germanwatch. Also, the German Institute for economic research, the Wuppertal Institute for climate, environment, energy, and the Verbraucherzentrale NRW have signed on as members of the VCI-Stakeholder-Dialogue.

The chemical industry, that your power consumption will rise sharply, when fossil energy carriers and raw materials are replaced by renewable. A study of a Verzwölffachung to 630 terawatt hours in the year; that would be more than the current total power consumption in Germany.

The Grand coalition had agreed last year to a faster Expansion of Renewables, but implementation is currently blocked by the Union group. It is due to the increasing protests against wind turbines to the fact that the Federal minimum pretends to stands, which must be maintained between wind turbines and residential buildings; this would reduce the land available and already broken in construction of new wind turbines to further reduce.

A compromise of the Ministry of economy, the stands should leave the decision about the minimum of the länder, the economic wing of the Union rejected. The solar expansion is put at risk by the dispute, because the Union wants to implement the already announced repeal of the so-called solar cover, which would make new Installations in a matter of months is impossible, only together with a scheme for the wind turbines.

This course, the chemical industry, issued with your letter a clear rejection. "The energy-intensive chemical industry is on the way to greenhouse gas neutrality by 2050," said Germanwatch, managing Director of Christoph Bals. "This statement can be understood as an appeal to the braking force of the Union, to take the foot off the brake and to say goodbye to the flat-rate minimum distance rule."

Date Of Update: 11 March 2020, 10:00

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