At the start of the in-depth exploratory negotiations, the clean mobility company KEYOU, together with a broad alliance of German companies from all key sectors of the economy, is calling for an ambitious cross-sector climate policy that meets the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.
With their appeal, 69 businesses – including many large enterprises – call upon the parties involved in the negotiations to put Germany on a clear and reliable path to climate neutrality. They call upon the new German government to launch an implementation programme for climate neutrality within its first 100 days. In doing so, the German private sector is sending a clear signal for ambitious climate action during the new legislative period. Markus Schneider, co-founder, and one of the managing directors of KEYOU GmbH says: “The new German government should declare climate protection and the reduction of CO2 emissions as the primary goal of the legislative period. Focusing solely on electromobility does not make sense because all technologies and innovations that serve this goal should be considered. As a company, we stand ready to contribute to making heavy-duty transport CO2-free with the development of zero-emission hydrogen engines – in a cost-efficient and resource-saving way.”
Among the participating companies are well-known representatives from all relevant sectors and key industries. In addition to KEYOU, there are other representatives from the mechanical engineering and automotive industries, as well as major companies from the mobility, building, and retail sectors, and the basic materials, chemical, and financial industries. Together, they employ more than one million people in Germany and over five million worldwide, and account for global sales of around one trillion euros.
‘Climate protection was the decisive topic in the federal election and the parties must place it at the top of their agenda in building the new federal government,’ said Prof. Dr. Michael Otto, president of Foundation 2º, businessman, and chairman of the board of the Otto Group. ‘The decade for taking climate action has begun. The new federal government must now set the framework so that we as businesspeople can make climate neutrality a trademark of the German private sector,’ Otto continued.
The businesses involved include prominent representatives of all relevant sectors and key industries, including the raw materials and chemicals industries, machine and automobile manufacturers, the financial industry, and large enterprises from the buildings, mobility, and trade sectors. Taken together, they employ more than one million people in Germany and over five million people worldwide and represent a global turnover of around one trillion Euro.
Following the holistic approach of the European Commission’s Green Deal, the enterprises’ appeal includes a call for the implementation programme to contain a package of concrete measures so that the goal of climate neutrality can be reached with certainty by 2045. The transformation to climate neutrality necessitates an accelerated expansion of important technologies and infrastructures. This particularly applies to the expansion of renewable energies and the electricity grid needed to do so, as well as to climate-friendly industrial facilities and transport infrastructure and to building refurbishments for increased energy efficiency.
‘“Making climate neutrality work” should become the motto of the new legislative period. The new government must take courageous and determined climate policy action and can build upon the support of this broad business alliance in doing so,’ said Sabine Nallinger, managing director of Foundation 2º. ‘It is now a matter of making an implementation programme for climate neutrality a central pillar of the coalition talks and new government. Just weeks before COP26 in Glasgow and before the important decisions to be taken on the “Fit for 55” package of the EU, these businesses are sending an important signal to the European and international community with this appeal,’ Nallinger continued.
Who are the 69 companies?
50Hertz · adidas · AIDA Cruises · ALDI SÜD · Allianz · Aurubis · Ball Beverage Packaging · BAUFRITZ · Bayer · bonprix · DAIKIN Airconditioning Germany · Deutsche Post DHL Group · Deutsche Wohnen · DRÄXLMAIER Group · DZ BANK · EnBW · ENTEGA · E.ON · Epson Deutschland · EWE · GE · Unternehmensgruppe Gegenbauer · GLS Bank · GOLDBECK · Hager Group · HeidelbergCement · Hermes Germany · HOFFMANN + VOSS · HUGO BOSS · IKEA Deutschland · Infineon Technologies · Interseroh · KEYOU · Miele · MTU Aero Engines · MVV Energie · Ørsted · OTTO FUCHS · Otto Group · Phoenix Contact · PUMA · REWE Group · Alfred Ritter (GmbH & Co. KG) · DEUTSCHE ROCKWOOL · ROSSMANN · Salzgitter AG · SAP · Schneider Electric · Schüco · Bausparkasse Schwäbisch Hall · Schwarz Gruppe (Lidl, Kaufland, Schwarz Produktion, PreZero) · Signify · STIEBEL ELTRON · Sunfire · SWM – Stadtwerke München · Deutsche Telekom · thyssenkrupp · Trianel · Union Investment · Papier- und Kartonfabrik Varel · Vattenfall · VAUDE · VTG · Wacker Chemie · Woco Gruppe · ZINQ