BERLIN, Sep. 8 (DPA / EP) –
The German Minister of the Environment, the social democrat Svenja Schulze, has advocated an end to the Great Coalition of Conservatives and Social Democrats in Germany if the partners do not agree on an ambitious climate package.
“The coalition cannot continue to govern if it is not able to explain forcefully how Germany will achieve its climate goals until 2030,” Schulze said in statements published this Sunday by the German newspaper 'Tagesspiegel'.
“If, as an industrial country, we do not demonstrate how this is done, we cannot expect other states to join. It is about the credibility of this government,” he said.
The so-called Climate Cabinet of the German Government, which coordinates the efforts of the ministries to reduce emissions and reach the 2030 target, plans to agree on a package of measures before September 20 to present at the UN Climate Summit that It is celebrated in New York.
Schulze has argued that the proposals being considered are insufficient. “We need for this government and for the next governments a mechanism by which it is checked annually how far it was in Germany regarding the reduction of greenhouse gases,” he said.
Schulze has been willing to agree on the dispute over his proposal to introduce a CO2 tax that would affect fuel, diesel for heating and gasoline. “I am not dependent on a single model … The decisive thing is that in the end there will be a fair and socially balanced price for carbon dioxide,” he explained.
“The price of CO2 should not be too high at the beginning and should increase continuously, but not quickly. We must ensure that middle-income workers or those who travel to work daily in rural areas can continue to pay for a car,” He has argued.