14 November 2013 16:41 [Source: ICIS news]
Under its energy transition, known as “Energiewende”,
VCI said that 77% of the 700 executives from industry, public administration, science and media it surveyed were in favour of the Energiewende.
However, the transition must not go at the expense of employment, job creation or
Also, 60% of the executives were in favour of keeping in place exemptions Germany-based energy-intensive industrial producers have from the country’s system of subsidising renewables through surcharges on electricity prices.
VCI added that the survey showed that there was increasingly less willingness to accept high electricity prices in order to promote energy from wind, solar or biomass sources.
“The successful implementation of the Energiewende is an important goal – but not at any price,” VCI general manager Utz Tillmann said in commenting on the survey findings.
“[The transition] must be in line with strengthening
The Energiewende and its costs are key topics in negotiations between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats and the Social Democrats to form a new coalition government. The Christian Democrats won September's election, but they do not have a majority of seats in parliament.
Frankfurt-based VCI represents about 1,650 Germany-based chemical firms.
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