Study Climate protection needs an immediate end for diesel and gasoline engines

Study Climate protection needs an immediate end for diesel and gasoline engines

Study Climate protection needs an immediate end for diesel and gasoline engines

According to a study, no new diesel and gasoline cars will be registered in Europe from 2025 if global warming is to be limited to 1.5 degrees. Plug-in hybrids should end in 2028, according to the calculation by the German Aerospace Center, which Greenpeace commissioned.

The information applies to a scenario in which global warming does not exceed 1.5 degrees with a probability of 66 percent. In the Paris Climate Agreement, the world community agreed to keep it well below two degrees and, if possible, at 1.5 degrees.

Climate researchers have calculated how much greenhouse gases can still get into the atmosphere in order to achieve this. From this, the DLR experts calculated budgets for the EU plus Norway and Switzerland, and from this, in turn, the share of private car traffic.

They assumed that new cars would be more climate-friendly, i.e. use less fuel, and that private cars would continue to play such an important role in the future as they do today. Even in the event of a ban on new registrations for diesel, gasoline and hybrid cars, they would still be on the roads in Europe into the 2040s. In addition, it is therefore definitely necessary to drive less and to switch to other modes of transport.
The budget approach is controversial because the Paris Climate Agreement does not specify which amount of CO2 is still entitled to which region of the world – the DLR experts calculated that themselves. They also only look at greenhouse gas emissions when driving and ignore the fact that greenhouse gases could also be produced in the production of electricity for e-cars or the production of synthetic fuels.

Greenpeace traffic expert Benjamin Stephan called the study a “clear mission” for Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU). The quick switch from diesel and gasoline to clean drives must be organized quickly.