Schoolchildren and Environmental Organizations Intend to Enhance Climate Action Through Berlin’s Constitutional Court. Climate activists and environmental organizations intend to force the German government to adopt more effective climate protection measures through the Constitutional Court. Greenpeace, Deutsche Umwelthilfe and Fridays for Future and several other organizations presented three constitutional complaints in Berlin on Wednesday, January 15th.
In these lawsuits, activists demand a revision and strengthening of the large climate package adopted in December. “The question now is whether the federal government’s inaction complies with the Basic Law,” said Fridays for Future in Germany’s Luisa Neubauer in Germany. According to her, constitutional complaints are a logical step in the broad protest movement in 2019.
One of the constitutional complaints was prepared by ten students from Germany. The government in Berlin does not fulfill its obligation to “guarantee my future and ours,” said one of its authors, 15-year-old Miriam Siebek of Stuttgart. Instead, it is, according to the schoolgirl, accepting a “climate bag” that inspires fear.
In turn, Deutsche Umwelthilfe head Jürgen Resch called on the German government to end secret deals with business and concerns, in particular with the auto industry. According to him, taking effective action on climate protection is quite realistic. “The speed limit is very fast, as the Netherlands example shows,” he said.
Deutsche Umwelthilfe also called on Berlin to stop impeding the development of green energy, in particular wind energy. In addition, climate-neutral homes and other buildings should become, Resch called further.
The climate package of Germany
A large climate package was adopted in late December. Among other things, it provides for a reduction in value added tax on rail transport from 1 January 2020. In addition, benefits (Pendlerpauschale), which are individually calculated on the amount of travel expenses for commuting and going to work, will grow by 5 cents from 2021 starting from 21 kilometers. And since 2024, a compensation of 3 euro cents per kilometer will be added.
From 2021, certificates will be issued for companies in the transport and residential areas in Germany that are eligible for a certain amount of CO2. Currently, such certificates are valid for companies in the industry. Thus, for tonnes of emissions, transport companies and the residential sector will have to pay 25 euros. By 2025 this figure will increase to 55 euros.