Climate Change Key Battleground In German Poll
Devastating floods in Germany in mid-July and extreme weather events around the world over recent weeks have heightened concerns about climate change as Europe's biggest economy prepares for elections at the end of the month, Fatima Abbas reported for Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa).
Photo Insert: Many Germans are demanding concrete political action on climate change in light of the recent flooding that wreaked havoc on the country.
Many Germans are demanding concrete political action. With the Greens likely to be involved in coalition negotiations after September 26, climate policies could be a key demand in any agreement.
Here's an overview of what the different parties have to offer: CDU/CSU: The conservative alliance that has dominated the country's political landscape over recent decades aims for Germany to be carbon-neutral by 2045.
The CSU has set an even more ambitious deadline of 2040 for the state of Bavaria, where it is the dominant political force.
To achieve the aim of cutting greenhouse gas emissions to a level at which they can be compensated, the CDU/CSU alliance is putting emphasis on technology and the EU emissions trading scheme. It has also committed to refunding income from the scheme, which seeks to reduce emissions across the entire bloc, to the general public "in full."
Tax deductions on investment in low-carbon technologies are to be increased, and taxes and levies more closely aligned with greenhouse gas emissions from the fuels used. The center-right bloc is also backing a boost to expanding renewables. Under its policies, Germany would become "hydrogen country no.1".
Meanwhile, the parties are simultaneously stressing the importance of international cooperation in the battle against global warming. Both reject traffic bans and the imposition of speed limits on the country's motorways. SPD: Expanding wind and solar power lies at the heart of the Social Democrats' strategy on climate change.
Companies are to receive financial support from the state in making the transition to clean energy and modes of production.