What is meant by green public investment

Bundestag election: How environmentally friendly are the parties?

"For a Germany in which we live well and happily." This is the slogan used by the CDU for their eponymous program: Economic growth has priority over environmental concerns for the Christian Democrats. The party rejects government measures to promote climate protection. It is committed to a safe, clean and affordable energy supply, but not clearly to turning away from fossil fuels. The CDU is again committed to phasing out nuclear power in 2022. However, it has no plan for the interim storage of contaminated sites.

In order to overcome the traffic problems, the existing road network is to be repaired and expanded.

Those were the days: Chancellor Angela Merkel campaigned for climate protection in Greenland in 2007

In agriculture, the CDU government program refers to a common EU policy. With the already known and voluntary animal welfare initiative, the CDU and its Bavarian sister party, the CSU, want to "create social acceptance and increase the investment and planning security of businesses." Conventional and organic farming should be promoted equally. The party has no recipes against overfertilization, the use of pesticides or the protection of biodiversity.

SPD: Germany's most energy-efficient economy

The SPDwho is currently responsible for the environment in the federal government, is committed to the national climate target for 2020 and the necessary 40 percent reduction in CO2 emissions since 1990. However, there are no answers as to how the necessary reduction should be achieved.

The SPD calls for "clean air for everyone", it propagates renewable energies and emphasizes the export potential of climate protection technologies. On the other hand, there is no clear commitment to phasing out coal production. In contrast, the party is not only sticking to the nuclear phase-out, but is also promising to work with European neighbors for an early shutdown of the nuclear reactors.

Sustainable building renovation, promotion of local public transport, and pollution-free, barrier-free and safe mobility in Germany by 2050 through the promotion of car sharing and electric cars - the visions of energy and transport policy are clearly concrete. Leading candidate Martin Schulz and his comrades want to overcome the diesel emissions scandal with a 5-point plan. This includes improved test procedures and controls.
With environmentally friendly agriculture, animal welfare should be protected by law. Food from species-appropriate farms should be labeled in the future, even if conventional cultivation and husbandry are to be retained for planning security.

The environmental face of the SPD: Minister Barbara Hendricks

Die Linke: Seal the coal phase-out by 2035

The largest opposition party wants a green paint job The left give. It asks who needs to be saved: "Capitalism or climate?" For the party, "capitalism means growth at any price, at the expense of people and nature." The coal phase-out should be regulated by law and completed by 2035 at the latest. The regions affected are to receive 250 million euros annually for structural change measures.

The costs for the renaturation of the coal mine and the disposal of nuclear waste should be borne by the companies themselves and not by the taxpayers. The left wants to switch off nuclear power plants immediately, and the exit from nuclear power is to be laid down in the Basic Law.

Affordable energy and quality of life for everyone

The left links the increased expansion with the disempowerment of the energy companies. Every private household should receive a free electricity contingent.

A wealthy tax should provide the means for the ecological mobility transition, the renovation of the infrastructure and agriculture. In the opinion of the Left, low-wage earners should also have the right to healthy nutrition.

Die Linke: Significantly more green accents in the election manifesto than on the posters for the 2017 federal election

Instead of investing billions in road and air traffic, the funds for expanding the public transport network should be made available for buses, trains, footpaths and cycle paths. The party rejects the car toll.

The Left is committed to sustainable nature and species protection and goes into great detail in its statements: The party wants to ban chick shredding as well as pesticides. Contaminated areas are to be freed from contaminated sites with funds from a fund. Fracking should be prohibited without exception.

Alliance 90 / The Greens: From 2030, electricity will only come from renewables

The green want to concentrate on their own core competencies: The current election program focuses on the environment, climate protection and mobility. The guiding principles are: "We will shut down the 20 dirtiest coal-fired power plants immediately." "We will ensure that electricity will come from 100% renewable energies by 2030." "From 2030, only emission-free cars should be registered." And the phase-out of coal-fired power generation should be completed by 2030. Saving energy is the key to successfully implementing the energy transition.

For sustainable mobility, the eco-party intends to promote e-mobility and cycling, as well as investment funding for local public transport with one billion euros per year. In order to reduce noise and to reduce the number of cars in general, traffic is to be shifted from road to rail.

This is how things should go forward! The party leadership of Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen - led by Cem Özdemir and Katrin Göring-Eckard

The party calls for an end to nuclear research and a broad debate about the need for intermediate storage for fuel elements.

Consumer protection is capitalized again

Organic farming is to be funded with one billion euros over the next seven years. The rural and regional agriculture should be given preference over the previous export-oriented industrial agriculture. The origin of the meat and the keeping of the animals should be clearly identified. The announcement that industrial factory farming will end in the next 20 years is particularly ambitious. In order to end animal transports, there should be regional slaughterhouses.

Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen wants to work for the longer shelf life of products and more sustainable reparability. Manufacturers should be made more responsible in this regard.

The FDP: No state interference, please!

The Free Democrats rely on voluntariness and want to regulate climate and energy policy above all EU-wide and internationally. The energy supply should be technology-neutral, the subsidies for renewable energies should be abolished. The Free Democrats are in favor of generating energy from offshore wind energy at sea.

Neither statements about future nuclear policy nor statements about the value of nature can be found in the election manifesto. The party only considers species protection in connection with economic benefits in agriculture and forestry. It relies on species-appropriate animal husbandry and nutrition and wants to promote this through targeted agricultural investments. The party is striving for a solution to the plastic and garbage problem in the seas. Violations of the law should be punished more severely.
With an expansion of the road infrastructure and gigaliners, the Liberals want to counteract the traffic blackout. They reject the car toll, as well as a general speed limit.

No general speed limits on motorways, no car toll! FDP leader Christian Lindner wants free travel.

AFD negates climate change

The Alternative for Germany could move into the Bundestag for the first time. Since the other parties reject government cooperation, she mainly explains what she does not want: the law on the expansion of renewable energies (EEG), since renewable energies and measures for energy efficiency are uneconomical.

The AfD relies on modern gas and coal-fired power plants and on nuclear power. Existing systems should not be disconnected from the grid before the end of their useful life. Wind energy should - because it is "economically absurd" - not be expanded, water or waterworks should expressly not be privatized. For the AFD, climate change has not been scientifically proven. Therefore, she wants to terminate the Paris climate agreement and demands that Germany withdraw from all climate protection organizations.

  • 2017 election campaign: This is how German parties advertise themselves

    Pure patriotism

    Two series of motifs, 22,000 large posters and a budget of 20 million euros: This is the CDU's campaign. The party is patriotic in this election campaign and advertises with the German national colors. "We are a country that is doing well, we can also be proud of this country," said Secretary General Peter Tauber. Thematically, the focus is on topics such as safety, family and work.

  • 2017 election campaign: This is how German parties advertise themselves

    Citizens in focus

    One campaign, but three series of motifs. The SPD starts with election posters that show citizens about topics such as education, family, pensions, investments and fair wages. Chancellor candidate Martin Schulz will only be in focus in a second round. At the end of the campaign, the Social Democrats are planning something new - but what is still a secret. The campaign is expected to cost 24 million euros.

  • 2017 election campaign: This is how German parties advertise themselves

    The campaign, that's it

    The FDP is spending more than 5 million euros on its advertising campaign, which primarily relies on one thing: FDP boss Christian Lindner. Lindner with a casual look, Lindner in a casual white shirt with a three-day beard. "Let's think again!" - With this motto, the party wants to return to the Bundestag in September. In addition to Christian Lindner, the FDP packs entire text sections of several sentences on their election platform.

  • 2017 election campaign: This is how German parties advertise themselves

    "That's why green"

    This time the Greens rely on a lot of text in capital letters in front of a symbolic motif. Thematically, the party remains true to itself: the focus is on classic topics such as the environment or integration. "Therefore green" is the name of the campaign. The yellow sunflower can be seen as a leitmotif on all election posters.

  • 2017 election campaign: This is how German parties advertise themselves

    Controversial canvassing

    The election posters of Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) are responsible for most of the discussions. It works with the slogan: "Dare to, Germany!". And she also dares a lot of herself. Because the texts on the posters of the right-wing populist party aim to distinguish themselves, especially from Islam.

  • 2017 election campaign: This is how German parties advertise themselves

    Without face

    White writing and the symbolic red of the party. "Die Linke" remains true to the style of the last federal election campaign. This time, however, she does without the faces of her party. Under the motto "Don't want to go on like that", they dedicate their campaign to the topics: affordable rents, fairer pensions and stopping arms exports.

  • 2017 election campaign: This is how German parties advertise themselves

    Not meant very seriously

    Adjust manager salaries to the bra size and a beer price brake. Such demands can be found in the election manifesto of "Die PARTTEI". Your posters are one thing above all else: satire. In the style of the founding fathers - these are the editors of the satirical magazine "Titanic". Cabaret artist Serdar Somuncu is the candidate for chancellor for the federal election.

    Author: Janina Semenova