The CCPI climate protection index has Sweden again as the winner in 2020 and, with the USA in last place, also brings up the rear of the previous year. Greta Thunberg’s home is at the front for the third time in a row. But that does not mean first place, because the “podium places” remained vacant: no state is exemplary enough when it comes to climate protection. Austria improved from 38th to 35th place in the ranking, but still received unanimous criticism.
“Can’t be satisfied”
“We cannot be satisfied with this result,” said Environment and Transport Minister Leonore Gewessler, the race to catch up on climate policy was beginning, a record budget for climate protection had already been secured. “We are taxing environmentally harmful fuel guzzlers higher and promoting clean e-cars. And we initiated the law for the energy transition. But we will not rest on that. In 2021 we will start with the 1-2-3 climate ticket. We will take the next steps on the way to the ecological tax system, ”said the minister. In terms of traffic, it is important to strengthen public transport and help e-mobility achieve a breakthrough.
“There is a lack of action”
According to the opinion of Global 2000, there is still a lack of action: Austria continues to be one of the “low performers” and the climate and energy spokesman for the NGO, Johannes Wahlmüller still sees a lot of catching up to do in climate policy more climate protection projects than ever before, but most of them have not yet been implemented. A clear implementation timetable and an advance of the eco-social tax reform are absolutely necessary. Only in this way can Austria catch up quickly with the international top performers in climate protection. “
The reasons for Austria’s position are the result of several “construction sites” that WWF climate and energy spokesman Karl Schellmann lists, namely the “far too high energy consumption via the auto-centered transport policy to the wrongly aligned tax system. In addition, there is the high level of urban sprawl and the extreme land consumption of an average of 13 hectares per day, ”he cites a factor that has been neglected to date.
Greenpeace’s climate expert Adam Pawloff gave Austria’s placement the title “shameful”, but Pawloff is already looking to the future, namely at the EU Council summit, which is supposed to fix the EU’s climate goals this week: “That will show whether the federal government will have its big ones Let words finally follow deeds. Austria has committed itself to promoting an ambitious climate policy in Europe. This includes working for the strongest possible climate target. “