Germany’s environment minister says putting a price on carbon dioxide is “the right answer” to cut the country’s emissions of greenhouse gases.

Svenja Schulze told The Associated Press on Thursday that she is committed to discussing the idea further with her Cabinet colleagues, several of whom have rejected the notion of a carbon levy.

Clouds of smoke over Europe's largest lignite power plant in Betchatow, central Poland, on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. A group of Greenpeace environment activists have climbed its 180-meter smokestack to spur participants in next week's global climate summit in Poland into taking decisions on limiting the use of coal.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
Clouds of smoke over Europe’s largest lignite power plant in Betchatow, central Poland, on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. A group of Greenpeace environment activists have climbed its 180-meter smokestack to spur participants in next week’s global climate summit in Poland into taking decisions on limiting the use of coal.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Berlin lags behind European neighbors such as France, Switzerland and Britain in using taxes to steer companies and consumers away from fossil fuel use.

Clouds of smoke over Europe's largest lignite power plant in Belchatow, central Poland, on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. A group of Greenpeace environment activists have climbed its 180-meter smokestack to spur participants in next week's global climate summit in Poland into taking decisions on limiting the use of coal.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
Clouds of smoke over Europe’s largest lignite power plant in Belchatow, central Poland, on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. A group of Greenpeace environment activists have climbed its 180-meter smokestack to spur participants in next week’s global climate summit in Poland into taking decisions on limiting the use of coal.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

With Germany predicted to miss its 2020 target for cutting greenhouse gases, partly due to stagnating emissions in the transport and heating sectors, Schulze said “new ideas must be discussed.”

Clouds of smoke over Europe's largest lignite power plant in Belchatow, central Poland, on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. A group of Greenpeace environment activists have climbed its 180-meter smokestack to spur participants in next week's global climate summit in Poland into taking decisions on limiting the use of coal.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
Clouds of smoke over Europe’s largest lignite power plant in Belchatow, central Poland, on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. A group of Greenpeace environment activists have climbed its 180-meter smokestack to spur participants in next week’s global climate summit in Poland into taking decisions on limiting the use of coal.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

She added that introducing a price on carbon should avoid placing a further burden on people with low incomes.

Clouds of smoke over Europe's largest lignite power plant in Belchatow, central Poland, on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. A group of Greenpeace environment activists have climbed its 180-meter smokestack to spur participants in next week's global climate summit in Poland into taking decisions on limiting the use of coal.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
Clouds of smoke over Europe’s largest lignite power plant in Belchatow, central Poland, on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. A group of Greenpeace environment activists have climbed its 180-meter smokestack to spur participants in next week’s global climate summit in Poland into taking decisions on limiting the use of coal.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

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Source: The Associated Press