The law is intended to finally advance the heat transition. The coalition has now agreed on the final details of how sustainable heat supply in states and municipalities should take place in the future.
The traffic light coalition has agreed on the final details of municipal heat planning. MPs from the SPD, Greens and FDP said they agreed on changes to the draft law, which is due to be passed in the Bundestag this Thursday. On Tuesday, coalition parliamentarians particularly emphasized openness to technology. “Whether biomass, district or local heating – all available energy sources can be used,” assured the deputy SPD parliamentary group leader Verena Hubertz. The heat supply must “fit the region,” added FDP parliamentary group vice-president Carina Konrad.
The proposed regulations are intended to supplement the Building Energy Act (GEG), also known as the Heating Act. Only when a municipal heating plan is in place will homeowners be obliged to heat with at least 65 percent renewable energy. Large cities should draw up a heat plan by June 30, 2026, smaller cities have two years longer. Citizens then know whether their house will be connected to a district heating network or whether they need to ensure climate-friendly heating by installing a heat pump.
The Green MP Karoline Otte spoke of a law that would promote the heating transition. Otte assured that her party is fighting for compliance with climate goals. “At the same time, everyone’s home must remain warm in the future.”