If we continue as before, then, according to the Court of Auditors, we will receive hefty climate fines of up to 9.2 billion euros. That is how much we will have to spend on the CO2 certificates we need to legalize emissions above the EU climate path.
Even for skeptics of abstract climate theories, these very tangible nine thousand two hundred million reasons should be more than sufficient to act quickly. The money is gone anyway, whether it is sent to Brussels as a pollution certificate never to be seen again, or whether it is invested in sustainable system change on site. So you can make the right decision right away and make the most of it.
Accordingly, the government is stepping on the gas – pardon me – on the pedals in order to initiate the paradigm shift towards CO2 pricing with the so-called “eco-social tax reform”. But even if environmental NGOs doubt the effect of the measure on the world climate, at least the positive effects on the coalition climate are evident. Was it the carrot of a first, real success in terms of content in front of the nose that made Kogler’s “Who would decency choose?” – Greens cling to the coalition.
But now to talk about the fact that the green decision “for the climate” was necessarily and always against the much-advertised decency would be too shortened. The real devil is in the details and if you take a closer look at it, then you have to put the part with “for the climate” into perspective.
The best example: the reform of the standard consumption tax (NoVA). Since June 1 of this year, new, lower limit values have been in force and exceptions, such as those for small trucks that are mainly used for business purposes, have been largely abolished. Small and medium-sized enterprises in particular, i.e. nothing less than the backbone of our economy, are being put under enormous pressure and the already pandemic mood is being further corrected downwards. After all – maybe you should explain this to those responsible – the € 21,281 that a Fiat Ducato panel van will cost more in 2024 will not grow on the trees. No, for € 21,281 the baker, the plumber and the market woman have to work properly. In other words, the green eco-NoVA tax for two such vehicles quickly eats up what an employee could be employed with for a whole year.
So and this employee, who has been looking for a job for a long time because the baker needs a new van and she can no longer afford it, is asked to pay for the air conditioning in private to make matters worse. The green thumbscrews don’t stop at their honest family van either. The 7-seater VW Sharan with an economical 110kW output will cost around € 6,500 in just three years. That is twice as much as it is today and – spoiler alert – it doesn’t just fall from the sky. A few more eco-reforms like this and the family carriage will become a luxury good again. Or as they say in the green circle of chairs: Super “incentives” for switching to bus and train.
By the way, it is very different from actual luxury bodies such as the new BMW X5 xDrive45e. This 2.5-ton automobile dream on 4 all-wheel-drive 21-inchers offers everything the well-heeled heart desires. The finest materials, the finest workmanship and a system performance of an unbelievable 394 horsepower let the endorphins bubble – at least until you look at the price tag. Or not?
It is clear that you need the necessary change for such a car, around € 120,000 is due if you don’t want to say “No” everywhere when ordering. But if you look at the NoVA, then the smile should come back quickly! Thanks to the small electric motor, strapped as a hybrid backpack to the huge 286 HP six-cylinder petrol engine, the bottom line is exactly € 0.0. On paper, the thick ship gets away with only 47g CO2 / km or 2l / 100km and is therefore completely exempt from the eco tax!
Despite test consumption under real conditions of just under 8.5 liters / 100 km, the illustrious group of buyers can save around € 30,000 in green taxes – provided they prefer the hybrid flagship to the pure gasoline engine. In other words, only when 10 mothers have been properly deducted when buying their family car does the state have enough on its side to pay the general manager his bonus. That too is green climate policy. Mr. Kogler: Put: 5!