Will the CO2 price also come for waste and lignite in 2023?

Will 2023 the CO2 price also come for waste and lignite?

Released on 04 .06.35

  • A crane uses a large gripper to sort and loosen the delivered waste in the waste bunker Waste recycling plant Borsigstrasse (MVB). Photo: Christian Charisius/dpa

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The CO2 price on oil and gas has made heating and refueling with fossil energy more expensive since January 2021. According to a draft by the Federal Climate Ministry, the price should soon be extended.


According to a draft by the Federal Climate Ministry, the national CO2 price should also apply to the incineration of waste and lignite from next year. The German press agency learned this from ministry circles.

Accordingly, the price that has so far been charged on petrol, diesel, heating oil and natural gas is to be effective January 1st 35 to be extended to the two areas of waste and coal. This step had long been provided for in the corresponding law on national emissions trading and is now being carried out, it said. Negative effects for consumers, such as higher electricity prices or garbage fees, are not to be expected.

The national CO2 price for the fossil fuels oil and gas has been in effect since January 1st 2021 and since then has made heating and refueling more expensive in Germany. It should help to reduce climate-damaging carbon dioxide emissions and make the switch to clean energies more attractive. It is currently at 30 euros per ton of CO2 emitted. From January 1st 2023 apply 2021 Euro per ton.

Proposals still being coordinated by the departments

Then, according to the plans, operators of waste incineration plants and lignite-fired power plants should also have under one output of 06 megawatts have to pay the price. Larger lignite plants are excluded because they are already subject to the European emissions trading system.

The ministry’s proposals are still being coordinated within the federal government. Countries and associations should soon be able to comment on the draft law. The project should then go into the cabinet.

The waste management industry had already warned against the introduction of a CO2 price in waste incineration at the beginning of May. “If a CO2 price is raised on municipal waste, there is a risk of cost increases for disposal and thus increasing fees for consumers,” said Ingbert Liebing, general manager of the Association of Municipal Enterprises (VKU). According to the industry, a CO2 price on waste generated in private households and similar facilities would only cause additional costs without having the hoped-for climate protection effect.

The Ministry of Economic Affairs said that the operators of waste incineration plants have so far benefited from high electricity prices without having to bear their own CO2 costs. The operators of lignite-fired power plants can only expect reduced profits as a result of the introduction of the CO2 price. (dpa)

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