28.01.2022 – 06:47
The federal government must increase its target number of electric cars for 2030 by five million if it wants to meet the climate targets in traffic. Instead of the 15 million fully electric cars mentioned in the coalition agreement, which are to replace climate-damaging combustion engines by 2030, at least 20 million are needed. This is shown by the study “The Five Million Gap” published today by the Wuppertal Institute on behalf of Greenpeace. (On-line: https://act.gp/3Awu7pE) Both targets for the number of e-cars can only be achieved if Transport Minister Volker Wissing (FDP) takes more measures than the coalition agreement has so far provided for, according to the study. “Traffic is running out of time when it comes to climate protection,” says Greenpeace traffic expert Tobias Austrup. “The switch from combustion engines to electric cars must be much faster than the traffic light is currently planning. The climate target in traffic can only be achieved if Minister Wissing quickly presents an emergency program with measures such as a new registration tax for heavy fuel guzzlers.”
The study calculates that with the government’s e-car target for 2030, CO2 emissions from car traffic would not fall to 52 million tons as required, but would still cause 64 million tons of CO2. In order for car traffic to make its share of the reduction in emissions, 5 million more diesel and petrol cars must be replaced by fully electric cars.
New registration tax for climate-damaging cars reduces CO2 emissions from new cars
The study shows that with the measures mentioned in the coalition agreement, even the weak target of 15 million e-cars would be missed. In order to accelerate the switch from internal combustion engines that are harmful to the climate, she cites a new registration tax for CO2-intensive cars, no longer allowing new cars with internal combustion engines from 2025 or a comprehensive reform of the taxation of company cars as possible additional measures. Countries such as France, Denmark and the Netherlands have successfully reduced average CO2 emissions through sometimes significant tax surcharges when buying new cars that are particularly harmful to the climate. “Minister Wissing should follow the example of the success of many European countries with a new registration tax and thus promote climate protection in transport in our country too,” said Austrup.
The new federal government has announced that it will adopt an immediate climate protection program by the end of the year. The Green Economics and Climate Minister Robert Habeck has already announced measures for the energy sector.
Attention editors: If you have any questions, please contact Tobias Austrup, Tel. 0160-5369806, or spokesman Gregor Kessler, Tel. 0151-72702918. The study online: https://act.gp/3Awu7pE
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Original content from: Greenpeace eV, transmitted by news aktuell