Wiesbaden (dpa/lhe) - The Greens have confirmed the climate neutrality of Hesse by 2045 as an important goal. Climate protection is at the center of politics over the next year and a half, declared Economics Minister Tarek Al-Wazir and Environment Minister Priska Hinz (both Greens) on Wednesday in Wiesbaden. By the year 2045, the electricity and heat requirements in Hesse should be covered exclusively from renewable sources. A climate protection law is to be presented before the end of this year. The state administration is to be CO2-neutral from 2030.
The priority wind areas in Hesse, which are reported to be almost two percent, are to be built on with wind turbines quickly. To this end, it should be regulated by law that the expansion of renewable energies is in the special public interest, the Greens ministers said. A nature conservation law should set limits to the consumption of nature. In order to help the forest after the drought of recent years, the largest forest restoration program in the history of the state is to be launched.
A state election is scheduled for autumn 2023 in Hesse, where the CDU currently governs together with the Greens. On Wednesday, the state parliament elected CDU politician Boris Rhein as the new prime minister. The entire cabinet of predecessor Volker Bouffier (CDU) had previously formally resigned. With the exception of the CDU Minister of Justice, the ministers were subsequently reappointed by Rhein.