This is what the coalition agreement says about aerospace

This Space News was published on Wed, 24.11.2021 – 21:03 CET, covering Verwaltung

Sixty days after the Bundestag elections, the coalition agreement between the SPD, the Greens and the FDP is on the table. Titled "Dare more progress - an alliance for freedom, justice and sustainability," the new federal government outlines what is important to it over the next four years.

A look at the coalition agreement

The paper, which is freely accessible as a PDF, is 177 pages long. It is clear from the very first pages that climate protection and sustainability are essential points on which the parties have agreed. Among other things, it states that the phase-out of coal-fired power generation will be brought forward and should take place as early as 2030. A short time later, conventional combustion engines will also be a thing of the past. Investments are also to be made in climate protection, digitization, education and research. Skilled workers are to be attracted "through better educational opportunities, targeted further training, increasing labor force participation and modernizing immigration law."

Banner Koalitionsvertrag 2021 zwischen SPD, GRÜNEN und FDP

On page 28, there is a paragraph devoted to the subject of aerospace. It states: "The

Space and the New Space sector are key technologies of the future. We are strengthening the national space program and the European Space Agency (ESA) and preserving their autonomy. We are developing a new space strategy taking into account the avoidance and recovery of space debris. We are strengthening Germany as an aerospace production location. We support research into and the market ramp-up of synthetic fuels that enable climate-neutral flying. The contracting procedures in connection with the aeronautics research program for the development and use of digital tools, process development, materials research and lightweight construction are to be further accelerated and advance payments made possible. We are strengthening research into the use of sustainable fuels, quieter engines and a platform for simulating and optimizing the overall aviation system in terms of its impact on the climate.

Coalition Agreement 2021 - 2025 between the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), Alliance90/The Greens and the Free Democrats (FDP), page 28

Overall, the section on aerospace in the coalition agreement is kept quite short and unspecific. Regardless of this, however, it is commendable that the topic of space debris has found its way into both prevention and its recovery. This shows that political levels seem to be quite aware of this important topic - also from the point of view of sustainability. It remains to be seen what practical measures this will be reflected in.

The original coalition agreement (in German) at: SPD, GRÜNE, FDP

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Written by M. Weissflog