German Official Says All New Cars Sold Should Be Emissions Free by 2030

A government official says that it would be best if all new cars sold in Germany were emissions free by 2030 to help meet pollution reduction goals.

Rainer Baake, State Secretary of Germany’s Ministry of Economy and Energy, says that Germany’s pledge to cut carbon dioxide output by 80 percent to 95 percent by 2050 won’t be met unless pollution emanating from vehicles is radically reduced.

This report has been falsely reported by other outlets however as stating Germany is the world’s first to aim for a zero emission deadline, and that is an overstatement. In fact it is a desire of environmentalist forces in Germany, according to an article posted in Forbes, including Baake, not an established goal.

In any event, since cars on German roads typically have a 20-year lifespan, registrations of new diesel and gasoline cars needs to be cut over the next 15 years, Baake said while speaking at a Tagesspiegel newspaper climate forum in Berlin.

“Fact is there’s been no reduction at all in CO2 emissions by transport since 1990,” Baake said. “We don’t have any answers to cut truck emissions right now but we do have answers for cars.”

Germany’s Environment Ministry reports that transportation accounts for a fifth of the country’s carbon dioxide pollution. Transportation has been lagging behind other sectors in Germany.

Baake’s comments during the climate forum suggest mass adoption of electric and fuel cell vehicles to meet an “emissions free” target. Chancellor Angela Merkel has pledged subsidies this year to increase electric vehicle sales. That was also accelerated by Volkswagen’s emissions-cheating scandal.

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The country has already put cash incentives in place to deal with sluggish EV sales compared to other European markets. The cash incentives program may spark sales of about 500,000 electric cars by 2020, according to the Environment Ministry.

All-electric vehicles as a portion of all cars on German roads may reach about 8 percent in 2025 from 0.6 percent this year, according to a forecast of the Center of Automotive Management institute. The government has so far stuck with its plan to put a million electric cars on the road by 2020 and six million by 2030.

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