Greeting by Peter Altmaier Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy regarding UNITI expo 2020 in Stuttgart
Ladies and gentlemen,
I am pleased to have taken over the patronage of UNITI expo. With this leading trade fair for the retail petroleum and car wash industries, taking place for the fourth time in Stuttgart, UNITI Bundesverband mittelständischer Mineralölunternehmen e.V. creates an outstanding platform for the companies active in this field and is recognised beyond the borders of Germany. After all, the petrol station sector provides the social and economic base for the vehicle industry and ensures the affordable supply of fuels.
As Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, it is a particular concern of mine that Germany remains economically strong, and that social justice, prosperity, social cohesion and climate protection can be achieved simultaneously. German economic output has almost doubled since the German unification. Since then, our vehicles and fuels have clearly become more efficient and cleaner. This is an enormous achievement. We want to follow this path.
In view of the Paris Climate Change Agreement and the associated climate protection goals, UNITI expo gives the German government a comprehensive outlook on carbon neutral fuels and electric mobility.
In addition to electricity from renewable sources, hydrogen, gaseous fuels and synthetic liquid fuels can make an important contribution to the reduction of CO2 emissions. The production synthetic fuels, for which large amounts of renewable energies is necessary, can also be the foundation stone for new international partnerships between Europe and other regions.
Climate protection is a global challenge. The transformation of the German energy systems has become an international role model. The production of CO2-free and CO2-neutral hydrogen and synthetic fuels is a major industrial policy opportunity. We must seize this opportunity and set Germany on course to be a world leader in sustainable solutions.
The extensive range of topics, the calibre of exhibitors, the varied programme and the excellent presentations at UNITI expo speak for themselves. I would like to thank the organizers, exhibitors and visitors for their commitment and wish them good progress and good luck.