From 2024, if possible, every newly installed heating system should be operated with 65 percent green energy. The Chancellor considers changes to the controversial law to be conceivable – but with restrictions.
Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) considers changes to the controversial law on the exchange of oil and gas heating systems conceivable, but these should not affect the core of the project. In an interview with ntv and RTL, Scholz said that the Bundestag is now looking at whether the law can be made more precise at one point or another. The interview was conducted on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Hiroshima. “However, I assume that the basic structure will not be changed. Instead, it must be done in such a way that nobody is overwhelmed economically and socially.” Many precautions have already been taken for this.
According to the draft law already passed by the Federal Cabinet, from 2024 every newly installed heating system should be operated with 65 percent green energy. This should apply to all owners up to the age of 80. Existing oil and gas heating systems can continue to be operated, and broken ones can be repaired. According to the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the switch should be cushioned socially by funding.
The Greens want to pass the law in the Bundestag as quickly as possible. The FDP brakes. The SPD, in turn, wants to start parliamentary deliberations quickly, but then make changes.
Scholz said most of the concerns currently being discussed are no longer justified in light of the current draft law. “But they refer to a rough draft that was not intended for publication at all”. It is now a “completely normal parliamentary procedure,” he said, with a view to possible changes. The chancellor referred to a statement by former SPD parliamentary group leader Peter Struck, according to which no law leaves the Bundestag in the way the federal government introduced it. “And that’s how it should be in a democracy,” said Scholz.
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