May 2019: Federal Ministries Consult Each Other on Building Energy Act

May 2019

In response to an official question from the Alliance 90 / The Greens the Federal Government stated that the draft of the delayed Building Energy Act (GEG) is now in the interministerial coordination process. The draft was put forward by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community.

The act is intended to simplify the many regulations on climate protection in the building sector by bringing together in one law the Energy Conservation Act (EnEG), the Energy Conservation Ordinance (EnEV), and the Renewable Energy Heat Act (EEWärmeG).

Germany’s federal government has set a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the building sector by 66 to 67 percent on 1990 levels by 2030.

An attempt by the previous government to pass the act in 2017 was unsuccessful.

The current coalition agreement states that the parties wish to de-bureaucratize the regulations currently laid down by the EnEG, EnEV and EEWärmeG legislation by bringing them together under a new GEG act.

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