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The government coalition has stopped tax relief on the energetic modernisation of buildings planned for the start of the year. In a joint declaration, the Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Immobilienwirtschaft Deutschland (BID) and the Dachverband Deutscher Immobilienverwalter (DDIV) have criticised this step saying that it is actively contra-productive to the „success of the energy turnaround“. It was added that stopping the planned government coalition measures could prevent urgently required investments in the building stock being carried out. An increase of the KfW grants planned as an alternative was not sufficient. In addition they claimed that without a support tax component, the energetic modernisation programme would fail.

AGPU also criticises the decision of the German government. AGPU Managing Director Thomas Hülsmann feels that little will come from the ongoing examination to raise KfW funds instead. Here he points out that the grants made available by KfW have not been fully accessed to date. That is why AGPU can only request the coalition to resume discussions on introducing tax depreciations for energetic building measures and to get the urgently required campaign programme going to avoid a delay in renovation projects.

At the beginning of December, AGPU conducted an online survey concerning its external image on behalf of the Communication Working Group and after consulting its Managing Board. The survey was sent to a total of 1029 individuals, of which 361 were AGPU members and 668 non-members. Responses were received from 75 participants, namely 45 members and 30 non-members. The survey results reveal that as an „Industry Network“, AGPU was awarded a mark of 1.1 (on a scale of 1-5) by its members (and 2.0 by non-members), while its „Combined Knowledge“ achieved a mark of 1.7 (1.8) and its „Open Dialogue“ was awarded a mark of 1.2 (1.7). These results show that the readjustment implemented by the working group is having an effect and attracting attention.

We would like to thank all survey participants. The detailed results of the survey were presented by the AGPU Managing Director, Thomas Hülsmann, at the PVC and the Environment workshop at the beginning of January. This presentation can be downloaded from the „Events“ section of the member area of the PVC WIKI.

Last week, the joint „PVC and Environment“ workshop hosted by AGPU and PlasticsEurope Deutschland took place in Bonn, Germany. After being traditionally kicked off by a dinner attended by around 40 guests on the evening before the event, the workshop yet again offered its total of 80 participants a large amount of input on current topics in the PVC industry and outstanding networking opportunities.

All of the presentations made by speakers at the event can be downloaded in the AGPU member area of the PVC WIKI. The feedback sheets reveal that participants gave the workshop an overall score of 1.6 (on a scale of 1 to 6). They also helped to decide on the date of the next winter workshop, with the majority of participants and the members of the AGPU Knowledge Working Group favouring January 2016. The upcoming summer workshop in June is expected to take place in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

AGPU’s online services enjoy an increasing amount of popularity on the World Wide Web. This is reported in the latest annual review for 2014, which was presented by AGPU Managing Director, Thomas Hülsmann, at the „PVC and Environment“ workshop in Bonn, Germany last week. According to the review, the PVC WIKI, the AGPU homepage and the PVC Recycling Finder website were all particularly successful in recording growing numbers of visitors. The review reveals that last year, nearly 14,500 visitors accessed information on the AGPU website alone.

According to its own figures, the Swedish specialty chemicals company Perstorp, which manufactures a multitude of products, including PVC plasticisers, generated revenues of more than one billion euros in 2012 with 1500 employees in 22 different countries. The company has been a sponsor of the Soft PVC Communication Campaign right from the start in June 2011. Perstorp is also one of the companies working to encourage decision-makers to use soft PVC in the current campaign, which AGPU Media is carrying out on behalf of several partners along the PVC value creation chain.

Against this background, we are particularly delighted that the company decided to become an AGPU member in January 2015. As a new AGPU member, Perstorp is now also able to make the most of a variety of benefits, for example the access to important decision-makers in the world of politics, at public authorities and in German Federal States, towns, cities and communities, as well as environmental experts in the fields of trade, commerce and industry. Welcome to AGPU!

„The Energy-Efficient Renovation of Buildings – Recognising Potential and Using Opportunities“ was the title of a joint series of events hosted by AGPU and VinylPlus. At two workshops held in mid-January and at the end of October this year, the Innovation City/Model City Bottrop was used as an example to show participants how the energy transition can be implemented in practice. A bilingual documentation of the two events has now been completed and can be downloaded from the PVC WIKI as a PDF file.

Another event focusing on this topic is planned to take place in the first quarter of next year. If you are interested in attending this event, please feel free to let us know and we will send you the corresponding information.

The German Federal Government wants to provide financial incentives totalling several billions of euros for energy-saving measures, as was confirmed in a resolution passed by the German Federal Cabinet in Berlin a couple of weeks ago. According to the resolution, the Bundesregierung wants to invest up to three billion euros in incentives for the renovation of buildings in the future in order to achieve its climate protection objectives by 2020. The package of measures adopted by the cabinet is planned to be launched in 2015 and should initially be implemented for a period of five years. Before this can happen, however, it needs to be approved by the individual Federal States of Germany.

AGPU has welcomed the resolution on the climate package. In fact, the working group and a number of other associations have already been demanding the implementation of appropriate measures in order to meet these ambitious energy-saving targets for quite some time. Last year, for example, Axel Gedaschko, the President of the Federal Association of German Housing and Real Estate Companies (GdW), emphasised the importance of tax incentives for the implementation of the energy transition at the Prowindo Industry Gathering in Berlin. These demands to the world of politics were also repeated at the press conference held at the fensterbau/frontale 2014, a specialist window, door and facade exhibition in Nuremberg and in the talk given by Andreas Hartleif, Chairman of the Board of VEKA AG, at the AGPU Colloquium.

The programme for the next joint „PVC and the Environment“ workshop, which will be hosted by AGPU and PlasticsEurope Germany in the German city of Bonn on 13th January 2015, has now been finalised and we are looking forward to yet again welcoming a number of top-quality speakers giving presentations on highly topical issues at this year’s event. Come and make the most of the opportunity to get up to speed on the current situation of PVC and the analysis of material flows of plastics and PVC in Germany by listening to our speakers‘ reports. The German Association for Manufacturers of Flexible Flooring (FEB) will also present itself at the workshop, where other speakers will focus on the topic of plasticisers in indoor air and in biomonitoring. The event programme will be rounded off by presentations on the difference between risks and dangers, the current status of waste legislation and environmental product declarations.

If you are interested in participation, please send us an e-mail to iris.pohl@agpu.com for further details.

As recently reported by the German newspaper „Rheinische Post“, the German Federal Government plans to introduce a tax bonus for the renovation of buildings. According to the article, the Bundesregierung wants to provide more support for the renovation of residential buildings in order to meet the energy efficiency targets for 2030 set by the EU. Plans are now in place for the cabinet to approve the next „German National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency“ on 3rd December. The article reports that the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU) want to use the plan to stipulate the provision of more direct state aid by the business development bank KfW and tax reliefs for private investors.

We very much welcome these plans. In fact, AGPU and a number of other associations have already been demanding the implementation of appropriate measures in order to meet these ambitious energy-saving targets for quite some time. Last year, for example, Axel Gedaschko, the President of the Federal Association of German Housing and Real Estate Companies (GDW), emphasised the importance of tax incentives for the implementation of the energy transition at the Prowindo Industry Gathering in Berlin. These demands to the world of politics were also repeated at the press conference held at the fensterbau/frontale specialist window, door and facade exhibition in the German city of Nuremberg and in the talk given by Andreas Hartleif, Chairman of the Board of the company VEKA AG, at the AGPU Colloquium.

In mid-August, the Minster of Innovation, Science and Research of the German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Svenja Schulze, and the Minister of Economics, Energy, Industry and Commerce of North Rhine-Westphalia, Garrelt Duin, awarded the InnovationCity Ruhr in the German city of Bottrop the title of „Ort des Fortschritts“ (‚Place of Progress‘). According to the ministers, the example of the model city shows how climate-calculated urban redevelopment measures that also aim to secure industrial locations can succeed. They also stated that the InnovationCity Ruhr is a Place of Progress because it has achieved an outstanding amount of success in using its project to consider economic, ecological, social and cultural aspects and to provide potential solutions to societal challenges.

In relation to this achievement, we are pleased to invite you to „The Energy-Efficient Renovation of Buildings – Recognising Potential and Using Opportunities“, a joint event hosted by AGPU and VinylPlus that will take place on 28th October 2014 and for which the programme has now been confirmed. The event will use the InnovationCity Ruhr / Model City Bottrop project as an example to show guests how the energy transition can be implemented in practice. AGPU wants to use this project, which has received a multitude of different awards, to discuss and develop ideas and possibilities for the implementation of the energy transition in the energy-efficient renovation of buildings together with architects and key decision-makers in the field of construction at administration departments and housing companies. The future houses in the InnovationCity Ruhr, for example, have been fitted with PVC windows that meet the passive house standard and other PVC products such as cable channels and insulating foils.

For more information concerning this event, please contact Ms Julia Gogos. You can also contact her to sign up to attend the event or if you have any questions or queries. The workshop is free of charge.