German firms, along with ThyssenKrupp, Salzgitter, Bayer, Covestro, E.ON, HeidelbergCement, Puma, Allianz, and Deutsche Telekom, have known as for coronavirus-related state aid to be tied to climate action.
The businesses are concerned that environmental points will probably be put on the backburner throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Car manufacturers are already lobbying to prevent the announced strict emissions limits on cars, airlines for a waiver on jet gas taxes, and the plastics trade for an enchantment of the ban on some plastics merchandise.
As a part of the venture, Bernhard Osburg, head of ThyssenKrupp’s steel subsidiary, called for a climate financial stimulus package, while Joerg Fuhrmann, Chief Executive Officer at peer Salzgitter, stated the state should encourage the replacement of coal with hydrogen in steelmaking.
Markus Steilemann, head of plastics producer Covestro stated: “It’s about making our economy crisis-resistant and competitive with a view to a truly sustainable, climate-neutral future.”
The German BDI sector association stated it was sticking to the European goal of climate neutrality or net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in 2050; however, it warned that governments, companies, and households would in the future have reduced scope for fundings.