Traffic light wants a phased model: tenants and landlords will share the CO2 price in the future

The FDP wanted to protect landlords from excessive costs until the end, but is now giving in.

Traffic light wants a phased model: tenants and landlords will share the CO2 price in the future

The FDP wanted to protect landlords from excessive costs until the end, but is now giving in. From January 1st, tenants and landlords will share the cost of the CO2 price. This should take the form of a step-by-step model. The CO2 emissions per square meter play the central role here.

After weeks of wrangling, the traffic light coalition has now agreed that tenants no longer have to bear the CO2 price for heating alone. A phased model is planned, which will be passed in the Bundestag tomorrow, Thursday, and will come into force on January 1st. This means that "a fair distribution of the CO2 costs" is now coming, said the FDP MP Daniel Föst. "Both sides now have incentives to save energy or to invest in energy efficiency."

The CO2 price is a kind of climate tax on fuel, heating oil and natural gas, which is intended to help reduce climate-damaging carbon dioxide emissions. So far, tenants have to carry them alone. The SPD, Greens and FDP had long since agreed that landlords would have to get involved from next year - all the more so the less climate-friendly their house is.

But recently the FDP stopped the project with reference to the burden on landlords in the energy crisis. "We must now ensure that the bureaucratic effort for everyone involved remains as low as possible and that there are no further burdens, especially for micro and small landlords," Föst warned.

A step-by-step model should apply to the division of costs between tenants and landlords: For houses with very high greenhouse gas emissions per square meter, landlords should therefore pay 95 percent of the CO2 price, with very low emissions tenants would have to bear the costs alone. This should encourage landlords to make energy-saving renovations and tenants to save energy.

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