Germany chem group warns on burdens from proposed state climate law

04 July 2013 15:41  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--A German chemical producers’ trade group on Thursday warned that a proposed climate protection law in the country’s southern Baden-Wurttemberg state must not lead to additional burdens for chemical and other firms.

Chemie-Verbande Baden-Wurttemberg was reacting to a law – proposed by the state’s Green Party-led government – to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the state by at least 25% by 2020, and by 90% by 2050 - from 1990 levels. The proposed law is currently being debated by the state’s parliament.

"The law must not result in additional burdens for the state’s industrial producers," said the group’s general manager, Winfried Golla.

The state’s chemical industry, as an energy-intensive sector, had already been burdened with intolerable increases in energy costs, Golla said.

Golla added that regional legislation and targets were generally not helpful in cutting overall global emissions. Baden-Wurttemberg’s chemical industry supports international agreements on climate protection, he said.

Details about the proposed law are available, in German, on the website of the state’s environment ministry.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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