By P Gosselin on 11. March 2023
Proposed law: Germans who do not change over to “climate friendly” heating systems will face hostile fines.
As we reported here, German Economics Minister Robert Habeck plans to ban gas and oil heating systems in favor of climate-friendly heating systems. as early as 2024.
Image: Bundesamt für Statitik
All gas and oil heating systems will need to be replaced after 30 years of operation, with no possibility to repair and keep them going.
The government plans to clamp down severely on owners who choose to violate the proposed regulations.
50,000 euro fine for non-compliance
“Those who fail to comply with the replacement obligation are to pay a fine of up to 50,000 euros.” reports Blackout News here. “Plans to ban gas and oil heating systems from 2024 have taken many Germans by surprise. If a heating system has to be replaced in the coming year – whether due to a defect in the old gas or oil heating system or due to a new building – a climate-friendly alternative must be installed. These include heat pumps, fuel cells or pellet heating systems, for example.”
“The measures are intended to serve as a deterrent and ensure that defective systems are actually replaced with more climate-friendly options,” Blackout News adds.
Fierce opposition…dead on arrival?
The plans drafted by Habeck and the German government, however, have run up against fierce opposition since they become known. Opposition parties have sharply criticized the plans, and others within the government view the proposed measures as a problem.
Already Germans are reeling from exorbitantly high energy prices and many can no longer afford to heat their homes and keep the lights on as inflation erodes earnings. Being forced to install expensive “climate friendly” heating systems will only massively add to the burden and so the plans are already unpopular.
It’s highly doubtful the government will be able to find a majority to enact the plans into law, unless, that is, the aim is to put the far right parties into power.
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