Mobility transition Environmental organizations are calling for the internal combustion engine to end by 2030

Mobility transition Environmental organizations are calling for the internal combustion engine to end by 2030

Mobility transition Environmental organizations are calling for the internal combustion engine to end by 2030

In a joint letter, several environmental associations are calling on German carmakers not to sell any new vehicles with internal combustion engines by 2030 at the latest. Manufacturers like, and instead have to gear their production towards “efficient and low-consumption electric vehicles”, according to a letter signed by the Federation for the Environment and Nature Conservation (BUND) and others.

For hybrid vehicles, the demand for a sales stop applies equally, as the signatories explained. “The SUV models that have been announced are a mistake in terms of climate policy,” write the associations, which 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 have called for, 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, said the CSU politician of the “Welt am Sonntag”.

The transport sector – especially 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.

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The EU Commission wants to propose new and more ambitious emission limit values ​​for cars and vans by 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.

The expansion of wind turbines is making slow progress, and the mobility turnaround that is so popular is still far from complete.