Cooperation in global climate protection
VCI calls for introducing a uniform CO2 price in the G20 countries
Comparable competitive conditions should apply globally for industry in the reduction of greenhouse gases. For this reason, the German chemical industry association VCI calls for a worldwide uniform pricing of CO2 emissions.
VCI director-general Utz Tillmann states at the opening of ACHEMA 2018, the world’s leading show for the process industry: “There should be a level playing field in the climate policy at least for the G20 countries, as they account for 80 percent of global CO2 emissions.” According to Tillmann, a generally applicable CO2 price could be determined in an emission trading scheme as in the EU or – in a political approach – as a uniform CO2 tax.
After the withdrawal of the USA from the Paris climate agreement and in view of the outcome of the recent G7 summit, an international arrangement to the above effect would be difficult to bring about. All the same, the G20 should jointly work towards this goal. Tillmann: “The EU needs to speak with one voice for a return to a constructive international cooperation. This holds true for responses to US protectionist measures and the further development of transatlantic relations.”
- VCI position on pricing systems for carbon dioxide (in German language)
- Statement of VCI director-general Utz Tillmann on the occasion of the opening press conference of ACHEMA 2018
- VCI's most important arguments and positions on the topics
The VCI represents the politico-economic interests of around 1,700 German chemical companies and German subsidiaries of foreign businesses. For this purpose, the VCI is in contact with politicians, public authorities, other industries, science and media.The VCI stands for over 90 percent of the chemical industry in Germany. In 2017 the German chemical industry realised sales of more than 195 billion euros and employed around 453,000 staff.