In a joint letter, several environmental associations call on German carmakers to stop new vehicles with internal combustion engines by 2030 at the latest for sale. Manufacturers such as Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW would instead have to gear their production towards “efficient and low-consumption electric vehicles,” says the letter signed by the Federation for the Environment and Nature Conservation (BUND), Germanwatch and Deutsche Umwelthilfe, among others.
Sales stop also required for hybrid vehicles
For hybrid vehicles, the requirement to stop sales applies equally, as the undersigned declared. “The announced SUV models are a wrong path in terms of climate policy,” write the associations that also reject synthetic fuels and fuels from biomass in road traffic.
Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer had only a few days ago announced that the fossil fuel combustion would end by 2035. Contrary to what environmental groups demand, the CSU politician wants to use synthetic fuels. Only the classic combustion engine, which is powered by gasoline or diesel, should be phased out within the next 15 years, the CSU politician told Welt am Sonntag.
EU Commission plans new pollutant limit values for cars at the end of 2021
The transport sector – in particular Road traffic – is responsible for a large part of the climate-damaging greenhouse gas emissions. According to the Federal Environment Agency, the amount emitted in 2020 was 146 million tons. Experts attribute the reduction of 19 million tons of greenhouse gases compared to the previous year in part to less mobility during the corona pandemic.
The EU Commission wants to propose new and more ambitious emission limit values for cars and vans at the end of 2021. They should come into force in 2025. As a result, the automotive industry fears that the classic combustion engine will end prematurely – exactly what environmental associations are now emphatically calling for. dpa