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.