Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: Chambers of crafts: Energy crisis endangers the basis of the companies

Schwerin (dpa / mv) - In view of the energy crisis, the trades in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania are sounding the alarm.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: Chambers of crafts: Energy crisis endangers the basis of the companies

Schwerin (dpa / mv) - In view of the energy crisis, the trades in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania are sounding the alarm. The economic basis of the companies is in danger, write the presidents of the two chambers of crafts in the state in a joint letter to the state government and the members of the Bundestag from Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

The crafts presidents Axel Hochschild (East Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania) and Uwe Lange (Schwerin) warned against giving preference to industry over crafts in the event of a gas shortage. "Energy cost subsidies paid by the federal government must also be granted to energy-intensive craft businesses such as bakeries. Otherwise, this will result in massive distortions of competition," says the letter published on Friday.

The chamber presidents sharply criticize the reduction in funding for energy-related renovation and for the switch to commercial e-mobility. "A new funding framework would be necessary here in order to effectively stimulate important modernization measures and investments in the future," they said. "With the withdrawal of funding, these necessary steps will be completely slowed down."

The politicians' plans to counter the gas crisis with a mass conversion to heat pumps and obligatory heating checks cannot be implemented for Lange and Hochschild under the current conditions. At the moment there is a lack of material and technology everywhere, from boilers and control technology to heat pumps. The skilled workforce is also "much too thin".

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