Not to see the wood for the trees


... and sometimes easy to implement solutions are already obvious.  


Setting up additional charging infrastructure In order to promote electric mobility, we can accelerate the expansion of the inadequate charging infrastructure, in addition to tax incentives through government regulation. In order to solve the chicken-and-egg problem (because there are too few charging points, hardly anyone buys an e-car. And because hardly any e-cars are bought, only a few new charging points are installed), cities and municipalities can be obliged to maintain a defined number of charging points depending on size and number of inhabitants. In Norway, charging infrastructure is no longer a problem. Not surprisingly, the proportion of newly registered e-cars has risen significantly there - an example worth emulating of sensible state control.  


We also wonder why, with our current massive level of suffering, the building regulations do not stipulate that new buildings must have a surface area of installed photovoltaic or solar thermal energy commensurate with the living space. Similar to the fact that there have been regulations for a long time that oblige house builders to install a rainwater cistern if a wastewater separation system exists in the construction area. 


We can also take part in projects that are far too big for personal implementation. One example of many is the Power to Gas technology (P2G). With this technology, the problem of storing temporary, renewable electricity surpluses in excess of demand can be alleviated as long as the power lines needed to transport the wind power generated on the coasts to the conurbations in the south are still missing. Methane or hydrogen is used as "green" storage gas.


The primary goal of all these concepts should be to reward climate-friendly behaviour!


For a supermarket operator, for example, it will suddenly prove profitable to invest in the production of solar power on its own roof in order to supply the store's energy and climate control system and, if necessary, the charging points for the customers' electric vehicles. Since storage and the operation of the cold chain are also reflected in the climate price of the products this type of CO₂ reduction will lower the climate price of the items and thus save the consumer's available budget. Such climate-friendly measures will also be reflected in the sales figures of the supermarket. Everyone will win. Consumers will benefit from lower ECO prices of the products offered in such a store. The operator will benefit from increased traffic and thus higher sales. And not to forget, the atmosphere will be less burdened with harmful greenhouse gas. If this is not a win-win-win situation!


The same can be applied to the transport sector. The freight forwarder who transports the goods with the greenest possible fleet will have to offer a significantly lower ECO price than conventional fleet operators. This means that his service will be devalued in terms of greenhouse gas emission compared to his competitors and will be upgraded in terms of demand. The aviation industry can also jump on this bandwagon and, for example, operate the fleet using synthetic kerosene produced from green electricity and electrolysis. 

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