Sustainability: For a future worth living on our planet
The DP will secure our prosperity in the long term with a responsible energy and climate policy, that puts people at the centre. With the help of massive investment and subsidy programmes, we will drive the energy turnaround faster than previously planned so that all people and businesses can benefit from a secure and affordable energy supply.
The expansion of renewable energies will be a top priority for the DP in the coming years. Through massive investments in wind and solar energy as well as a noticeable acceleration of the approval procedures for energy projects, we will ensure that Luxembourg lowers its emissions, achieves its climate targets, and reduces its dependence on large energy producers.
In three successive tripartite agreements, the government, together with the social partners, has managed to protect citizens from a price explosion, maintain their purchasing power and ensure the competitiveness of businesses. Thanks to innovative and courageous solutions, such as the energy price cap, the government has created planning security until the end of 2024 and pushed inflation down to one of the lowest levels in the EU.
We want to take people onboard and share the benefits of the energy turnaround. Installing photovoltaic systems on residential buildings not only generates climate-friendly electricity, but also pays off financially for people. In this case, climate protection therefore also means strengthening purchasing power.
For the DP, combating man-made climate change is a top priority. It is about nothing less than leaving our children and grandchildren a planet on which it will be possible to live well in the future. We have actively involved society in the development of the national energy and climate plan by establishing the Climate Citizens’ Council.
In recent years, the DP-led government has set an important course and implemented a whole range of measures to ensure that Luxembourg not only makes its contribution to climate protection, but also takes on an international pioneering role.
For the DP, however, it is inevitable to significantly increase the efforts made so far and to push ahead with decarbonisation even faster than before in order to respect the Paris Climate Agreement. We are convinced: Climate protection can only succeed if citizens are involved and politics listens to society, supports people, creates incentives, and enables alternatives.
For the DP, climate policy is inextricably linked to social policy. We will therefore ensure that every citizen can participate in this sustainable transition and choose a climate-friendly lifestyle, regardless of their financial situation.
For the DP, a high quality of life inevitably goes hand in hand with strong environmental protection, the preservation of biodiversity and the sustainable use of our natural resources. To ensure that both people today and future generations can benefit from an intact environment, clean water, and healthy air as well as high-quality natural products, the DP will consistently promote the preservation and restoration of natural habitats.
The effects of global warming are also increasingly felt in Luxembourg, whether in the form of droughts and hot spells, or in the form of catastrophic floods that cause great damage in many areas, as happened most recently in 2021. It is therefore essential for the DP to strengthen the resilience of people and nature and to resolutely implement measures to adapt to climate change.
In the face of threats to our natural environment from climate change, species extinction, urban sprawl and soil sealing, the DP continues to advocate for strong nature conservation. At the same time, lengthy procedures, excessive requirements and cumbersome bureaucracy should be prevented to avoid slowing down progress in other important areas. Nature conservation policy must not become a policy of prevention, which citizens perceive as harassment and arbitrariness.
The DP is committed to environmental protection together with the people, which creates acceptance among the citizens, guarantees planning security and creates fast, clear, comprehensible and fair procedures.
The DP will consistently implement the integrated national energy and climate plan and the measures contained therein to ensure that Luxembourg achieves its national climate targets. In the preparation of the updated PNEC, the DP has particularly advocated that new obligations meet the criterion of proportionality, do not disproportionately place additional burdens on citizens, and that the latter should receive targeted support from the government for any additional burdens.
The DP will continue to ensure that citizens are not faced with disproportionate costs they are unable to cope with. Thus, the DP will prioritise support and choose bans only as a very last resort. In addition, the DP will support people with any additional costs through financial grants and subsidies.
The DP is aware that every Euro that is not invested in the fight against climate change today will cost many times more in the future. For this reason, DP will make massive investments, both in the expansion of renewable energies and the energy-efficient refurbishment of buildings, as well as in measures to adapt to global warming. To meet this historic challenge, the DP will mobilise further funds for the energy turnaround by issuing sustainable bonds.
The DP will also create a citizens’ fund to invest in renewable energy projects. By feeding the energy produced in this way into the electricity grid, the citizens who participate in this fund receive a guaranteed minimum return.
The DP will ensure that there is no sudden price increase of the different energy sources when the measures of the last tripartite Agreement expire. The DP will therefore closely monitor economic developments and, if necessary, take further measures in dialogue with the social partners to safeguard the purchasing power of citizens and the survival of the most affected businesses, and thus their jobs. In the long term, the DP will work within the framework of the energy turnaround to ensure that electricity prices in particular remain affordable.
The DP will ensure that the security of energy supply in Luxembourg is guaranteed at all times. To this end, we will drive forward the integration of the European electricity market, invest in energy storage and deepen cooperation with our European partners.
The expansion of renewable energies is a priority for the DP in two respects. On the one hand, they make a significant contribution to achieving national climate targets, and on the other hand, they reduce dependence on energy imports from third countries. In the coming years, the DP will accelerate the expansion of renewable energies to the maximum, identify and remove obstacles and bottlenecks. Our goal is to move forward significantly faster than envisaged in the Energy and Climate Plan and to make the best possible use of the potential for national electricity production.
In the course of the last two legislative periods, the DP-led government has introduced a whole arsenal of state subsidies to support citizens in the energy-efficient refurbishment of residential buildings, such as subsidies for thermal insulation, the installation of climate-friendly heating systems and the disposal of a heating oil tank.
The DP will take stock of the climate bonus programme, extend the aid and adjust it where necessary. The DP will ensure that the “Klima-Agence” has the necessary resources to optimally fulfil its task of providing climate advice. The DP will also organise regular information campaigns to inform housing owners about existing subsidies and programmes.
In order to simplify access to climate-friendly subsidies and to avoid high investments deterring citizens from making their homes more energy-efficient or investing in the expansion of renewable energies, the DP will introduce pre-financing of climate subsidies so that Citizens only pay their share and do not have to wait for months for financial returns, as has been the case until now. In this context, the DP will ensure that the respective businesses also receive the public subsidies quickly and do not have to wait longer than four weeks for the state contribution.
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The duration for the approval of sustainable energy projects is to be significantly reduced. The expansion of renewable energies is a national priority and must not be hindered by cumbersome procedures. For example, while today it takes an average of about seven years from the planning to the completion of a wind turbine, the DP wants to reduce this time span considerably.
Similar to the adapted procedures at the municipal level, which provide for tacit approval for PV installations if the municipal administration has not responded to a request within one month, the DP will introduce the principle of tacit approval at all levels and in all procedures where possible. Also, the DP wants to prevent certain procedures and studies from having to be carried out multiple times. In addition, the DP will examine whether PV systems on private residential buildings can be exempted from the obligation to submit a building application.
The expansion of renewable energies has made only slow progress in Luxembourg over many years. The DP will make massive investments in the development of renewable energies in Luxembourg in the future. In this context, the implementation of large-scale projects on an industrial scale is the most efficient way to quickly expand production capacities.
The DP will quickly implement the Prime Minister’s proposal to install a photovoltaic system on every new residential building. To enable all citizens to be part of the energy turnaround, the DP will finance the plant for financially weaker households and let them participate in sustainable electricity production.
The DP will create the possibility to make roof areas of existing residential buildings available to the state to install PV systems on them and let the owners participate in sustainable electricity production. The plant also belongs to the owner or owners of the residential building after amortisation. Special technical support is to be provided for listed buildings or in the “secteurs protégées” in order to make it easier to install PV systems in these buildings as well.
For the DP, a PV system is to be installed on every new industrial hall on a mandatory basis. To this end, we will not only make the installation of solar panels mandatory, but also ensure that every new hall is designed in terms of statics so that a PV system can be installed on the roof.
For the DP, covering already sealed areas with photovoltaics is the most sensible approach to expanding renewable energies. For example, the DP will make it compulsory to cover parking spaces above a certain size with a PV system, both for new parking spaces and for existing ones. The landscape or urban integration should be taken into account.
The DP will analyse the extent to which large-scale PV systems can be erected along motorways and train routes. The covering of various motorway sections with photovoltaics is also to be investigated.
The DP will promote the installation of large-scale solar parks on vacant land, on the condition that they are compatible with agricultural management and in line with the European Landscape Convention.
Small solar systems, which can be connected to the grid via a plug, are no substitute for a large PV system on the roof, but they can complement it well if the possibility of installing one does not exist. The DP will promote these balcony power plants and facilitate their use.
The DP will direct the state subsidies in such a way as to promote in particular the self-consumption of sustainably produced energy.
Joining together to form energy cooperatives is a good way to benefit from the advantages of the energy turnaround, especially for citizens who do not have the opportunity to install PV systems themselves. The DP will specifically inform citizens about this possibility and provide advice and support to interested parties.
Especially in densely populated urban areas, district heating networks are often a better alternative to individual heat pumps, as they can be operated much more cheaply and efficiently. Particularly in existing buildings, district heating networks offer an effective way to provide climate-neutral heating. It is particularly sustainable when district heating networks are fed with waste heat from industry or a waste water treatment plant. The DP will promote the development of district heating networks as well as individual connection and is considering the establishment of a national company for the ownership and construction of district heating networks in accordance with competition law.
Waste heat from industry, waste water treatment plants, etc. can be used not only to feed district heating networks, but also to produce energy. The DP will ensure that this potential is consistently utilised, both in future projects and in existing ones.
Geothermal energy is still a little-used option for heating buildings in Luxembourg, although there is great potential here. The DP will continue to promote this technology in the future and investigate how obstacles that slow down the use of geothermal energy can be removed.
The DP believes that wood, which stores carbon, should only be used as a combustible in exceptional cases. Even if burning wood is more sustainable than fossil fuels, carbon and particulate matter are still released, which must be prevented. Thus, the DP will only approve future wood chip plants and pellet heating systems in cases where there is no more sustainable, equivalent alternative.
The state should clearly live up to its role model function in climate protection and take on a pioneering role. For example, on the initiative of the Prime Minister, the government has decided to offset the emissions of all state flights.
The DP advocates that a photovoltaic system be installed on every public building, if technically feasible. The energy refurbishment of state buildings is also to be accelerated significantly in order to achieve the goal of climate neutrality for all state administrations by 2040.
The most environmentally friendly energy is that which is not used. The DP will analyse which energy-saving measures of the past winter can be permanently maintained to permanently reduce electricity and gas consumption in public buildings. In addition, the DP will further improve energy efficiency in public infrastructures, for example by systematically using LEDs.
Not only the state, but also the municipalities have a special role model function in climate protection. The DP will support municipalities to implement ambitious climate protection measures at the local level. The Climate Pact 2.0 introduced in the last legislative period is an important instrument in this context that must be continuously expanded and improved. In this sense, the DP will support the municipalities in developing and implementing a strategy to achieve complete climate neutrality, including a target date.
The DP will ensure that the expansion of wind power takes place in dialogue with local residents in order to increase the acceptance of these projects. In addition, citizens should also be given the opportunity to acquire shares in each project and thus benefit from them directly.
Similar to the existing solar cadastre, the DP will create a publicly accessible national wind atlas, which will clearly show the potential of wind energy on the territory of the Grand Duchy.
Despite high ambitions, renewable energy production capacities on the national territory are limited. Luxembourg will not be completely self-sufficient in matters of energy in the future, but will depend on a stronger energy cooperation with our European partners. For this reason, the DP-led government has, for example, ensured that Luxembourg is the only non-riparian country to join the North Sea Summit, with the goal to massively expand wind power in the North Sea.
The DP will continue to invest in renewable energy projects abroad, both in offshore wind farms, in photovoltaic plants in Southern Europe and in the production of climate-neutral hydrogen.
The demand for hydrogen will increase dramatically in all sectors in the future. As the potential to produce hydrogen locally is limited, Luxembourg will participate financially in large hydrogen projects abroad to ensure that security of supply is guaranteed. This also includes the connection to the European pipeline infrastructure.
The electrification of more and more areas and the increasing decentralisation of power supply pose certain challenges for the power grid. DP will therefore consistently develop the grid into a high-performance “smart grid” that meets the requirements of the energy turnaround. This is to prevent projects from not being implemented due to insufficient grid performance.
In addition, the DP will analyse different financing models for grid expansion to prevent grid costs from exploding at the end consumers’ cost and placing a disproportionate additional burden on citizens.
Due to the variability of renewable energies, electricity storage systems are playing an increasingly important role. The DP will both initiate pilot projects at national level and analyse the introduction of a subsidy for local storage, such as a residential or neighbourhood Powerwall, to store autonomously produced electricity.
Whether direct electrification, hydrogen, or e-fuels: Each technology has its specific meaning and benefit in the eyes of the DP. Climate and energy policy should be technology-neutral, based on scientific findings and promote the most sensible technology for a given area of application.
The DP is clearly of the opinion that the expansion of nuclear energy is not the solution to the climate crisis and the achievement of the climate targets by 2030. The DP therefore opposes the construction of further nuclear power plants and the classification of nuclear power as sustainable. In the interest of national security, the DP will continue to consistently campaign for the immediate closure of the nuclear power plant in Cattenom. The DP wants to work with the French government on renewable energy projects that will keep jobs in the region and provide an incentive to phase out nuclear power.
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The DP advocates a climate policy together with the citizens that involves them in all important decisions. In our eyes, the fight against climate change can only succeed if society also supports the various measures and stands behind the climate policies. For this reason, the DP launched a unique participatory project, the Citizens’ Climate Council (CCC), during the last legislative period to give society a voice in updating the integrated national energy and climate plan.
From the beginning, the DP has worked to ensure that the CCC’s suggestions are taken into account and that as many as possible are integrated into the updated version of the climate plan. The DP will take into account the conclusions of the Climate Citizens’ Council study commissioned by the government from the University of Luxembourg. It is important for us to take stock of this project and to further improve the organisation of future such projects.
Tackling the climate crisis affects us all. Every citizen should become part of the energy turnaround and make their contribution. In order to create greater awareness of the challenge we face as humanity and to encourage people to make conscious choices for climate-friendly alternatives, the DP will organise regular awareness-raising campaigns and work in particular with the public media in this regard. For example, the new convention between the state and the public broadcaster “100.7”, established under the auspices of the DP Minister for Communications and Media, explicitly provides for reporting and information regarding climate change as part of the public mandate.
In addition, environmental education as well as education for sustainable development (ESD) should become an integral part of the primary school curriculum as well as secondary education. These educational approaches are intended to encourage children and young people to deal responsibly with the environment and natural resources as early as possible by imparting appropriate knowledge.
The DP will make all local public transport climate-neutral by 2030 andensure that every citizen can switch to emission-free mobility. In concrete terms, the DP will continue subsidies for the purchase of an electric car, increase them if necessary, and make them more socially graduated.For people who cannot afford an electric car despite government assistance, we will introduce social leasing for passenger cars.
The DP will consistently expand the network of public charging stations, further promote private charging stations and facilitate the installation of charging stations in residential buildings by ensuring that the owners’ association cannot refuse them in future without good reason.
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Fuel tourism represents the largest share of Luxembourg’s CO2 emissions. In order to achieve the national climate targets, it is essential to gradually phase out fuel tourism. DP will at the same time seek ways to compensate for the loss of revenue from tank tourism.
As part of the introduction of the CO2 tax, the DP-led government has introduced a tax credit for workers, pensioners and the self-employed, which fully compensates socially disadvantaged households in particular for the additional financial burden. The DP will continue to ensure that the revenues from the CO2 tax flow back to the citizens, be it directly through social benefits, or indirectly through government subsidies for sustainable projects, such as energy refurbishment. Accordingly, any future increase in the CO2 tax will also entail an increase in support for low-income households.
In some sectors of the economy, capturing, storing and using carbon is the more sensible alternative to completely decarbonising production processes. The DP will support CCSU projects insofar as they meet strict selection criteria, for example significantly higher cost efficiency compared to other processes.
The DP will undertake a comprehensive analysis of the potential impacts of climate change on our society in all sectors and update the climate change adaptation strategy. In doing so, the DP will not only elaborate concrete measures, but also mobilise the necessary financial resources to implement them as soon as possible. The resilience of our society and environment must be strengthened, among other things, through the adaptation of natural and human habitats, the protection of critical infrastructure and the strengthening of public health.
The “worst case” scenario of unchecked global warming should also be taken into account and appropriate measures be taken.
The best protection against flooding is to give the water enough space so that it can spread out during heavy rainfall where it causes the least damage, i.e. outside the towns. The DP will ensure that all watercourses nationwide are renaturalised within the bounds of what is feasible. Projects already under way are to be implemented quickly.
In this context, the DP will also ensure that dams that no longer fulfil a practical function are dismantled, taking into account the protection of historical monuments.
The effects of the climate crisis are already being felt most strongly in the global South. Climate change threatens to erode people’s livelihoods in large parts of the world and forces them to flee their homes. The DP will deepen international cooperation with Luxembourg’s partner countries and support them in the energy turnaround and adaptation to climate change. For the DP, it is important to guarantee people a dignified life and to strengthen their resilience in the face of increasing environmental risks.
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The DP advocates for a strong legal framework that guarantees a high level of protection of the natural environment. However, lengthy and costly procedures are currently slowing down rapid progress in other equally important areas, such as the expansion of renewable energies or the creation of additional housing. In addition, the interpretation of the Nature Conservation Act has caused discontent and frustration among many citizens in recent years.
The DP stands for ambitious, but proportionate and comprehensible environmental protection policies, decided together with the citizens. Without the acceptance of the population, the protection of local habitats and biodiversity cannot succeed. The DP will closely review the various legal texts with the goal of streamlining and accelerating procedures, avoiding a duplication of work (“double Emploi“) and abolishing superfluous requirements. For the DP, there should be no grey areas or room for interpretation in environmental legislation in the future, which could potentially favour arbitrary interpretation. Instead, clear, transparent and comprehensible criteria should apply as to which work may be carried out under which conditions at which locations.
Among other things, the DP will ensure that energy refurbishment measures and the installation of PV systems on buildings in the green zone can be carried out without the permission of the responsible minister. Smaller works that do not increase the living space should also be possible without much effort. In addition, the DP will implement the concept of “Nature for a certain time”, which exempts landowners from the obligation to compensate for biotopes created on building land. The criteria for erecting or extending agricultural buildings in the green zone should also be simplified and be as pragmatic and comprehensible as possible.
According to the current Nature Conservation Act, compensation measures for the destruction of natural habitat may only be carried out on the state land pools. The DP will evaluate the efficiency of this system, both in terms of its effectiveness and in terms of the bureaucratic burden on the stakeholders involved.
In addition, the DP will allow compensation measures to be carried out on private land under certain conditions, provided that the environmental benefits of the measures are guaranteed.
Finally, the DP will create clear criteria that allow the implementation of environmentally friendly measures in the context of a new project to be included in the calculation of ecopoints.
In the spirit of greater adaptation to climate change, as well as to increase the well-being of citizens, the DP will ensure that more nature enters our towns and cities. On the one hand, the DP will ensure that all state buildings and squares are adequately greened, be it on the roof, on the façades or on the ground. In addition, the DP will minimise soil sealing in all future state construction projects and investigate to what extent already sealed areas in state ownership can be unsealed.
On the other hand, the DP will support municipalities to create green spaces and trees in their localities and neighbourhoods and to implement further measures to strengthen biodiversity, such as promoting community gardens and urban farming projects. To this end, the DP will take stock of the nature pact with the municipalities created in the last legislative period and adjust it if necessary. For example, the DP will support measures to un-seal already sealed areas, such as the deconstruction of gravel gardens.
While compensation measures are merely a reaction to a previous destruction of nature, the DP will proactively elaborate and implement measures that strengthen and renaturalise our ecosystems. This includes, for example, the development and implementation of an active afforestation strategy, the creation of environmental valuable habitats such as orchards, and the renaturation or reactivation of habitats that are natural carbon reservoirs, especially wetlands and peat lands.
The DP will also enter into cooperation agreements abroad and support projects that also aim for the renaturation or restoration of ecosystems.
The DP will intensify ongoing efforts to preserve our forests and adapt to climate change together with private forest owners and environmental organisations to ensure that our forests can continue to fulfil their important functions as habitat, carbon storage and recreation areas in the future.
The DP will complete the reform of the Forest Act started in the current legislative period. The goal of the new Forest Act is to ensure effective protection of the forest and to ensure sustainable economic use while respecting the property rights of private forest owners.
The DP will also advocate for the local use of domestic timber instead of exporting it to distant countries.
Different ecosystems play an essential role in the environment, from which people also benefit. For example, peat lands and wetlands store a lot of carbon. Grants already exist for private forest owners to promote sustainable forest management. The DP will create a similar programme that encourages private owners to implement measures, e.g. to enhance biodiversity or organic carbon sequestration on their land, under the condition that a minimum area as well as a minimum duration for implementation are taken into account.
The active protection of our soils is an absolute priority in terms of nature conservation. The DP will not only prevent the condition of our soils from deteriorating further, but also remediate soils that are already contaminated. In addition, soil erosion must be stopped, which is also an important contribution to climate and disaster protection. For this reason, the DP will create an adequate legal framework for soil protection, which will impose heavy fines in case of illegal littering in the public space.
The DP will continue the expansion of a nationwide network of biological stations and continue the existing stations with the goal of covering the entire country. Together with the impacted stakeholders (residents, farmers, municipalities, community syndicates, nature and forest administration and nature conservation organisations), concrete measures for nature conservation are to be elaborated and implemented.
The remunicipalisation/land consolidation law (Remembrement-/Flurbereinigungsgesetz) must be adapted to reality. The DP will therefore introduce a new law to modernise land readjustment, in consultation with the respective districts. The new law aims to improve the productivity of agriculture, hydroponics, forestry and viticulture. The focus should be on the sustainable use of soils.
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In the course of climate change, prolonged droughts and irregular rainfall are putting increasing pressure on groundwater. To avoid distribution conflicts over water, an intelligent and sustainable management of this vital resource is of central importance. This includes, on the one hand, an active awareness-raising policy, the promotion of water-saving measures and, on the other hand, the mobilisation of previously unused reserves.
The DP-led government has designated countless new drinking water protection zones in the past two legislative periods, so that around 90% of the country’s springs are protected today. The DP will ensure that the remaining 10% is also protected in a cooperative approach between all stakeholders. The measures in these protected zones are also to be evaluated and their sustainability examined.
The DP will use rainwater as a hitherto little-used alternative to good drinking water for watering plants and in sanitary facilities. The DP will make rainwater harvesting compulsory in all new residential buildings and adjust the related subsidies. In addition, the DP will analyse to what extent the use of grey water can be promoted in the future.
Since with the development of vegetable and fruit cultivation, the demand for water in agriculture will also continue to increase in the coming years, the DP will also introduce subsidies for the construction of cisterns in agricultural use. The DP will continue to seek consensual solutions within the framework of the Water Table, which brings together representatives from government and the agricultural sector, and will, among other things, draw up a national agricultural irrigation plan.
Finally, the DP will support projects to build large-scale (underground) water collection basins into which water can drain during heavy rains, thus preventing flooding. These water reserves can then in turn be used for irrigation during periods of drought, for example.
The DP will ensure that polluters of our waters, whether from construction sites, illegal waste disposal, or enterprises, are held more accountable. Specifically, the DP will expand the expertise of the agents of the Water Management Office and empower them to impose fines on the spot. Furthermore, the DP will increase the staff of the water management office, increase the penalties for water pollution and create a digital platform with a “report-it” function where citizens can report pollution directly with photo evidence.
A nationwide network of state-of-the-art waste water treatment plants is essential to ensure optimal water protection. The DP will support the waste water syndicates to expand waste water treatment plants nationwide, on the one hand to accommodate the growing population, and on the other hand to equip them with a fourth treatment stage to filter micro-pollutants such as microplastics, pharmaceuticals or pesticides. To this end, the DP will adjust the subsidies for the construction and modernisation of waste water treatment plants and increase state participation.
Since the import ban on sewage sludge to France, a national solution for the disposal of sewage sludge has become inevitable. The DP supports the plan to build a state-owned incineration plant including phosphorus recovery and will work to ensure that this is implemented in a timely manner.
The DP, in cooperation with all respective stakeholders, will fundamentally modernise the Fishing Act. In particular, the distribution, allocation and administration of fishing lots is to be overhauled and adapted to modern times.
In the eyes of the DP, hunting is of central importance in nature conservation in general, and in regulating game populations and preventing game damage in particular. The DP will therefore strengthen cooperation with the hunting community and involve them in working groups on all important issues.
In this way, the DP will work with the hunting community to find solutions to better control the game population, which is exploding due to mild winters and the resulting year-round food supply. In this context, the DP will analyse to what extent hunting with night vision goggles and an extension of the times when hunting is allowed can contribute.
Many citizens do not know what to do in the event of a wildlife accident. Nowadays, the police have to be notified in the event of a wildlife accident, which causes unnecessary work for them. The DP will set up a hotline run by the Nature and Forestry Department in cooperation with the hunting community to take care of these matters.
Instead of disposing of valuable resources, the DP wants to keep them in the cycle for as long as possible and recycle them. The DP relies on a clear waste hierarchy: “reduce, reuse, recycle” – waste prevention, reuse and recycling; disposal should only be the very last option.
With the “Zero Offall Lëtzebuerg” strategy and the adoption of the legislative package on waste management, the DP-led government has already set important accents in this area during the last legislative period. For example, disposable cups, plates and tableware are all replaced by reusable products at public festivals and in the catering sector, the generation of packaging waste is reduced and the producers of disposable packaging and products are held more accountable.
The DP will closely monitor the implementation of the respective legal texts, examine the effectiveness of the different measures and adapt the legal framework to strive for a closed material cycle. The DP wants to avoid all disposable products in the medium term and ensure that, as far as possible, only recyclable products are put on the market. For this reason, the DP would like to continue to expand the reusable systems for packaging at the European level. For example, before 2030, all plastic packaging is to be designed in such a way that it can be reused. Furthermore, the DP will consider introducing a ban on businesses destroying their non-sold goods.
In addition, government support programmes for commercial organisations to invest in the circular economy should be strengthened. The DP will also anchor the principle of the circular economy in public tenders, for example to promote circular construction. DP will pay special attention to accompanying programmes for small and medium-sized businesses to enable them to participate in these markets.
The DP will lobby at EU level for a ban on ‘planned obsolescence’, whereby the lifespan of a product is deliberately limited. In addition, the DP wants manufacturers to design their products from the outset so that they can all be repaired and recycled.
The DP advocates for an online waste advisory service for citizens. Thanks to the counselling, these are to be informed about the possibilities of waste avoidance, recycling of recyclables, the necessity of correct sorting as well as the proper ways of waste disposal. The online waste advisory service is intended to replace the “Mäin Offall” app developed by the Ministry for the Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development, which does not work in all municipalities in the country, and to support the population in recycling.
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The DP will exercise the state’s exemplary function in sustainability more strongly than before and make state administrations pioneers in this area. For example, public buildings are to be planned integrally according to the principles of the circular economy in the future, so that they function as material storages and the building materials can be recycled later.
Priority is to be given to sustainable materials, and the installation of rainwater systems, photovoltaic systems and measures for greening the façade or roof are to become standard.
Public tenders represent an important opportunity for the state to set accents in terms of sustainability. The DP will incorporate environmentally friendly, climate-friendly and circular economy-promoting criteria in public tenders as far as possible and, to this end, draw up a model set of specifications for public agencies and institutions.
Persistent noise pollution caused by road, air or rail transport, among other things, represents a significant burden on the well-being and health of the people. In recent years, the volume of traffic on our roads, on the railways and at the airport has increased noticeably. Alongside with it, the noise pollution has gone up substantially. The DP will review the currently valid noise limits and action plans and strengthen noise protection, particularly in residential areas.
Insufficient capacity in terms of construction waste disposal sites in all areas of the country has been a major problem for the construction industry for years. For example, lorries sometimes have to travel long distances to unload their construction waste, which not only generates additional traffic on our roads, but also unnecessarily prolongs construction projects. More construction waste sites are to be identified in all regions of the country. However, the DP will also work to keep excavation to a minimum.