Secretary General Karlheinz Kopf spoke out in favor of postponing CO2 pricing by at least a year, maybe even two years. President Harald Mahrer argued that prices are now very high anyway and that market mechanisms are taking effect.
In view of the effects of the Ukraine war, a debate is needed as to whether the planned price of 30 euros per tonne of CO2 should be introduced on July 1 of this year. At the same time, Kopf emphasized that the model itself, i.e. putting a price on the environmental costs of greenhouse gas emissions, should not be called into question.
Climate protectors have long accused the Chamber of Commerce of fossil lobbying, so to speak. Mahrer defended himself against it in the press conference. This accusation was “extremely polemical”.
The officials were very satisfied with the corona loosening. Reference was made to countries such as Denmark, Sweden, Ireland and Great Britain, which have been withdrawing more and more restrictions for weeks, and the massive interference with freedoms would have to be abolished for this long. In his opinion, there was no alternative to simplifying and standardizing the “maze of regulations” and it was more about integrating the virus into everyday life or making preparations for next autumn and winter.