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For the previous head of Siemens, “Germany should make investments extra in its future”

From 2013 to February 2021, Joe Kaeser, 64, headed Siemens, a world industrial large emblematic of “made in Germany”, that he has profoundly reworked. The group is energetic in infrastructure, digital industrial applied sciences, transport and medical tools. In 2020, he floated his energy-related actions (typical and renewable) on the inventory market inside a brand new firm, Siemens Vitality, of which Joe Kaeser at present chairs the supervisory board.

You might be one of many few German bosses who brazenly interact in social debates, and you’re significantly dedicated to the combat in opposition to local weather change. When did you understand that the golden age of fossil fuels was drawing to a detailed?

The indicators have been truly noticeable early sufficient, however not all of us assessed the pace of change appropriately. Finally, the rise in pure disasters, the shortage of assets and the emergence of a big center class world wide have led to heightened consciousness and a broad debate about the way forward for our planet. On the identical time, technological advances have made it doable to considerably scale back the prices of renewable energies. As we speak, the fee per kilowatt hour of photo voltaic and wind energy in appropriate places is about the identical as that of gas-fired energy vegetation.

The ecological transition should be economically possible, in any other case nothing will change. The Fridays for Future motion has additionally been a catalyst for the talk. It was and nonetheless is an effective factor.

Your assist for the inexperienced candidate for chancellery, Annalena Baerbock, within the September 26 election has earned you criticism in enterprise circles …

I mentioned I believe the three candidates [les deux autres sont Armin Laschet pour le camp démocrate-chrétien et Olaf Scholz pour les sociaux-démocrates] are all match to carry out the perform. However in my view, it’s Annalena Baerbock who has the best potential to construct what I name a social and ecological market economic system. She is younger, learns in a short time, is conscious of the issues and actually needs to vary one thing.

The Greens have already proven, by way of their participation in regional governments, that they’ll push ahead ecological considerations whereas sustaining social market capitalism, with out slipping in direction of socialism. Solely this social and ecological market economic system can guarantee the way forward for our planet and our prosperity.

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