German paper industry welcomes federal proposal to implement an industrial electricity price; Die Papierindustrie says measure 'essential' to support Germany's energy-intensive industries with bridge electricity price until 2030 during energy transition

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May 10, 2023 (press release) –

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The paper industry welcomes the proposal of the Federal Ministry of Economics to protect the industry in the current situation with an industrial electricity price in international competition.

β€œAn industrial electricity price helps us to maintain value creation and employment in Germany. Such a measure is essential for the energy-intensive industries,” said Winfried Schaur, President of the Association DIE PAPIERINDUSTRIE. "We are not talking about a permanent subsidy here either, but about support until the energy transition is implemented, i.e. a bridge electricity price until 2030".

Schaur called on the federal government to quickly develop the BMWK plans. For this purpose, a financing concept must be presented and it must be ensured that the bridge electricity price conforms with EU state aid law.

Schaur pointed out that energy-intensive companies in particular are at the beginning of important industrial value chains, the loss of which would be fatal for Germany as a business location. According to a recent short study by the German Economic Institute, up to 2.4 million jobs and a good 240 billion euros in added value depend on the five most energy-intensive sectors.


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