A new German industry-led campaign to increase the use of passive solar water heating in domestic and public buildings was backed by environment minister Angela Merkel this week. Solar Campaign 2000 aims to double the German passive solar market by 2003. By 2010 annual carbon dioxide emission savings of 2.5m tonnes could be achieved by displacing electric or fossil fuel powered water heating, a spokesperson for the campaign told ENDS Daily. Several manufacturers of passive solar equipment have joined the group, as well as Baum, a network for environmentally conscious firms. The campaign will benefit from a recent decision by the government to extend an existing tax incentive for purchasers of passive solar water heaters until the end of 2000. European solar energy association Eurosolar welcomed the initiative today and said it would increase the market potential for passive solar in Germany. A spokesperson for Baum told ENDS Daily that it is currently little used in Germany, in contrast with countries like Austria and Greece where passive solar installation is more common. "We need to educate people about its great possibilities," he said.
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