The article actually mentions how the minister for energy is reluctant how to implement an incentive scheme to speed up the replacement of old heaters. But it is important that something is done abolut the fleet of old heating systems in german appartments.
As I've talked about here earlier, the heating situation is tricky, because home owners have no incentive to install more efficient heating systems if they do not live in the appartments themselves. To repeat the experiment of giving money to everyone who scraps an old system to buy a new one, like Germany did with cars recently, seems like a blunt solution to an intricate problem to me. Why not implement or at least add a legislation update, where the benefits for renters are (partly) used to pay for the fixed costs for the new heating system, i.e. to incentivise the house owner to install more efficient systems?
17 Aug 2012 - 8:29
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