Specific climate demands on coalition negotiators

Essen/Berlin, November 10, 2017. While the UN Climate Change Conference, COP23, is being held in Bonn, the energy service provider, ista, in a broad alliance of 52 major and medium-sized companies as well as business associations, is appealing to the parties in the exploratory coalition talks to make climate protection the key task of the future German government. In their public appeal, the companies are demanding that climate protection and the energy transition as well as the implementation of the Climate Action Plan 2050 should be implemented as a reform programme for Germany.

"The future 'Jamaica' coalition (CDU/FDP/Greens) brings all the requirements to the table in order to set the course for a successful and economic energy transition. Emphasis must be placed on the overarching goal and the will to get things moving. That will only work if everyone abandons their previous positions and reaches out to the coalition partners," says Thomas Zinnöcker, ista's CEO.

"Taking on a vanguard role in climate protection represents a tremendous opportunity for promoting innovation and bolstering Germany's economic competitiveness," it says in the declaration, which also appears as an advertisement in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. "The new German coalition government should accelerate the speed of the transformation to a carbon-neutral economy. To this end, it should collaborate closely with partners both in and outside Europe." Germany's energy-intensive industrial companies required a smart policy framework that enables the necessary low-carbon transition and safeguards their international competitiveness.

In order to increase energy efficiency, the companies and associations are also demanding that the coalition parties should speed up the energy-efficient refurbishment of buildings, e.g. through tax incentives. "The success of the energy transition in buildings depends to a large extent on reliable investment conditions, innovation and the cost-effectiveness of the measures," Zinnöcker adds. "Owners and tenants are expecting, more urgently than ever before, a tenable solution from politicians. Therefore, low-investment measures must take priority in the energy transition in buildings. It is only in this way that Germany can come closer to meeting its climate protection targets."

Companies with more than 450,000 employees in Germany

In total, the companies have more than 450,000 employees in Germany alone and global sales of over EUR 350 billion (more than the federal budget in 2017). The declaration is coordinated by Stiftung 2°, B.A.U.M. as well as the development and environmental organisation, Germanwatch.

The signatories of the declaration are major and medium-sized companies operating in Germany as well as associations from a broad spectrum of industries, including 6 DAX 30 companies and many well-known names. Energy-intensive industrial companies and coal-fired power station operators support the appeal. Many of the signatory companies are not direct winners of decarbonisation or the energy transition. However, the signatories are prepared to make their contribution towards climate protection.

The declaration in German: www.germanwatch.org/de/14633

The declaration in English: www.germanwatch.org/en/14634

52 signatories of the declaration:

adidas Group | AIDA Cruises | Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co. KG | Alba Group | ALDI SÜD | Alnatura | Baufritz | Bausparkasse Schwäbisch Hall | CEWE | DAIKIN Airconditioning Germany | Deutsche Börse | Deutsche ROCKWOOL | Deutsche Telekom | Deutsche Wohnen | elobau | EnBW | ENTEGA | E.ON | EPSON Deutschland | EWE | Gegenbauer Holding | GLS Bank | Hermes Germany | HOCHTIEF | Interseroh | ista International | IWAN BUDNIKOWSKY | Lebensbaum | LR Facility Services | Max Bögl | Metro | Naturstrom | Nestlé Deutschland | Otto Group | Papier- und Kartonfabrik Varel | PUMA | SAP | Schneider Schreibgeräte | Schüco International KG | Siemens | Sparda-Bank München | Stadtwerke München | Stadtwerke Tübingen | Tchibo | Triodos Bank | Trianel | Verband Deutscher Verkehrsunternehmen e. V. (VDV) | Viebrockhaus | WALA | Wilkhahn | Zentralverband Elektrotechnik- und Elektronikindustrie e.V (ZVEI)

Dr. Mirko-Alexander Kahre

Senior Vice President

Corporate Communications & Public Affairs

Phone: +49 (0) 201 459 3281

E-mail: Mirko-Alexander.Kahre@ista.com

Dr. Torben Pfau

Senior Manager Media Relations

Phone: +49 (0) 201 459 3725

E-mail: Torben.Pfau@ista.com