The German government has unveiled a plan to ban the installation of new oil and gas boilers from 2024 to accelerate the transition to renewable technologies.
According to the German Minister of Economy, the planned change in the field of household heating Robert Habeck urgent, reports the French news agency AFP.
Indeed, Germany has to make up for the shortfall in the transition to heating with renewable energy sources in a short period of time, explained the minister from the ranks of the Greens at today’s press conference.
According to Habeck, the transition from fossil fuels to more environmentally friendly technologies, such as heat pumps, will be accompanied by a multi-billion euro package of financial support for the transition. “Climate neutrality cannot and will not become a social problem,” he said, promising more help to those who need it most.
Habeck said a number of issues still need to be clarified before a final draft can be submitted. Among them is the question of whether the industry will be able to meet the increased demand for heat pumps, which, according to the minister, is a realizable challenge.
The proposal would speed up plans from the coalition agreement concluded by the ruling Social Democrats (SPD), liberals (FDP) and the Greens, namely to ban the construction of new heating plants that do not produce 65 percent of energy from renewable sources by 2025, according to AFP .
Liberals are critical of the planned changes, which were revealed by German media last week.
Leader of the FDP and German Finance Minister Christian Lindner told Bild newspaper last week that the new timetable would have disastrous economic and social consequences. According to him, the plans would have to be fundamentally changed.