Lord Mayor Feldmann signs the petition on climate protection

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27 Nobel Prize winners, as well as members of the European Parliament along with national and local European officials, are already on board. Now there is a strong voice from Frankfurt – the one from Lord Mayor Peter Feldmann.

With his signature, the mayor wants to bring to consciousness the citizens of Frankfurt regarding this important environmental issue: “Climate change is the greatest challenge for everyone – and it does not stop at national borders. Going to the European level and soliciting approval from citizens from as many countries as possible is therefore the right way to go. I hope that many Frankfurters will also deal with the issue of the initiative”, stated Lord Mayor Feldmann.

Mayor Peter Feldmann, Foto: Frank Widmann © Stadt Frankfurt am Main , Foto: Frank Widmann

StopGlobalWarming.eu is a European citizens’ initiative whose proposal introduces a minimum price on C02 emissions, starting from 50€ per CO2 tonne from 2020 up to 100€ by 2025. At the same time, the proposal shall abolish the existing system of free allowances to EU polluters and introduce a border adjustment mechanism on non-EU imports, in such a way as to compensate for the lower pricing on CO2 emissions in the exporting country. The higher revenue deriving from carbon pricing shall be allocated to European policies that support energy saving and the use of renewable sources, and to the reduction of taxation on lower incomes. With a petition, the environmentalists want to make their demands heard in the EU Parliament.

This initiative wants to collect votes for a minimum price for CO2 emissions by January 21, 2021 – from 50 euros per tonne of CO2 in 2020 to 100 euros in 2025. 1 million supporters from at least seven different countries are required for succeeding. Then the EU Commission, which is allowed to propose laws, has to deal with the issue and this shall be discussed in the European Parliament.

Feldmann was encouraged to take part in this initiative thanks to his Italian colleague – Leoluca Orlando, the mayor of the Sicilian city of Palermo who, recently, has made a name for himself primarily through his commitment to refugees.