Green parliamentary group leader Katharina Dröge has admitted errors in the creation of the heating law. During the final discussions on the reform of the Building Energy Act, Dröge said that the path to the law had not been easy.
The coalition of SPD, Greens and FDP fought hard with each other, too often publicly. The coalition did not make things easy for the citizens and created uncertainty that was not necessary. “We will do better in the future.”
In the end, there will be a common solution with a concrete roadmap for how climate-friendly heating can be achieved everywhere. Citizens and companies can prepare specifically for what the path looks like, says Dröge: “Reliable, predictable and affordable for everyone.”
Criticism from the Union
CSU regional group leader Alexander Dobrindt makes serious allegations against the coalition. The planned future state funding is inadequate. "This law makes people poor." There is not only uncertainty among the population, but also fear and protests. “This heating law is the height of disrespect for citizens,” says Dobrindt. He also criticized the fact that there was not enough discussion about fundamental changes to the original bill.
The Building Energy Act - often referred to as the Heating Act - was actually supposed to be passed at the beginning of July and therefore before the start of the summer break. There had previously been long conflicts in the traffic light coalition. The coalition then agreed on fundamental changes.
However, the Federal Constitutional Court stopped the adoption before the summer break. The court had expressed doubts as to whether the rights of the MPs were sufficiently protected. The CDU MP Thomas Heilmann had submitted an application for an interim injunction due to the tight schedule in the legislative process. The coalition then decided that the law should be passed in the Bundestag after the summer break at the beginning of September.
Heilmann criticized the Bundestag for not having held another meeting of the responsible Bundestag committee for climate protection and energy.