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A pilot program for climate protection contracts based on "carbon contracts for difference" should start in 2021 if possible. This information was given by Germany's federal government in response to a question from the Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen parliamentary group, reports the Heute im Bundestag information service. According to the government, state aid considerations need to be agreed with the EU Commission beforehand.
In June 2020, the federal government had announced a pilot program for the steel and chemical industries as part of the national hydrogen strategy. Contracts are to be concluded with companies for the development of climate-friendly projects, with a fixed CO2 price guaranteed for a certain period of time.
The government's answer suggests the pilot program will provide financial support for higher operating costs incurred due to increased climate and environmental protection. The award of the "carbon contracts for difference" is expected to take place in competitive tendering procedures. According to the information provided, the pilot program is to be financed from the Energy and Climate Fund (EKF) for the period from 2020 to 2023