The counter-proposal to the glacier initiative is in place


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The counter-proposal to the glacier initiative is a done deal

The federal government spends a lot of money on replacing fossil and electric heating systems. This is one of the measures with which Switzerland wants to achieve net zero by 2050.

The Glacier Initiative is about to retreat. The National Council has cleared up the last differences in the counter-proposal.

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The snipers are coming on the home stretch. The counter-proposal to the glacier initiative is actually in place after the Council of States also spoke out for more money for energy-related renovations last week. The initiators have already announced that they will withdraw their proposal if the deal goes through. The SVP doesn’t like that and tried to stifle the debate.

Michael Graber (SVP/VS) already failed on Monday with a motion to postpone the business. In view of the looming energy crisis, it was the wrong moment to discuss further restrictions for electricity producers. In essence, the draft wants to write the net zero target into the law. This is accompanied by numerous CO2 reduction measures and climate protection goals.

More money to replace heaters

Mike Egger (SG) fired again in all directions on Tuesday. The energy crisis was made by the left-green and the result of a failed policy, he berserk. The other fractions didn’t even respond to the provocations of the SVP and refrained from voting. The Council of States had accommodated the large chamber that 2 billion francs instead of 1 billion should be made available for the replacement of fossil and electric heating systems. The National Council agreed that other measures in the field of energy efficiency can also be funded.

The counter-proposal is thus basically sealed and the initiative is about to be withdrawn – the people behind the proposal have announced this. And yet the bill will keep Parliament busy. The sticking point is the solar offensive that the Council of States smuggled into the bill. The law, although treated under the same name, is actually not directly part of the counter-proposal. The National Council committee did not manage to finish discussing this on Monday evening. The Council of States wants new rules to apply to large ground-mounted solar systems that produce at least 10 gigawatt hours by 2025. You need neither a planning nor an environmental impact assessment.

Come the solar offensive in front of the people

There are now several sticking points here: The National Council commission wants to make even more far-reaching exceptions. But it is also disputed whether such a solar offensive would also have to go before the people. On Tuesday, the “NZZ” reported that the Federal Office of Justice came to the conclusion that the proposed law is “largely unconstitutional”. Thus, the bill would have to go before the people and the pace of the solar offensive would be slowed down.

No spokesperson in the National Council went into detail about the delay. On Thursday, the Commission wants to deal with this topic again. It was already on the agenda again in the Council on Monday – the next day the Council of States wants to bend over it again. At least Parliament wants to speed things up.


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