German Government Official Says Country Needs Emissions-Free Cars by 2030
All across Europe, countries are working on legislation that can significantly reduce the amount of emissions released from gasoline-powered transportation. Norway just announced a set of proposals that will make it illegal to sell gasoline-powered cars by 2025; The Netherlands has also proposed similar laws.
Now, Germany is looking to get on the “emissions-free” bandwagon. The European country has already pledged to cut its carbon dioxide output by 80% to 95% by 2050 and now, a deputy economy minister for the country thinks that Germany needs to only sell emissions-free cars by 2030 in order to achieve this goal.
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“Fact is there’s been no reduction at all in CO2 emissions by transport since 1990,” said Baake at a Tagesspiegel newspaper climate forum in Berlin. “We don’t have any answers to cut truck emissions right now but we do have answers for cars.”
Currently, Germany is behind in cutting greenhouse gas emissions from automotive transportation. This type of emission counts for a fifth of the country’s carbon dioxide pollution, according to the Environment Ministry. To reach its goal of cutting carbon dioxide output by 80% to 95% by 2030, about 10 million metric tons of carbon dioxide needs to disappear.
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Germany is working on cutting its emissions by 40% by 2020, compared to its 1990 emissions levels. Still, its adoption of electric cars has been slower than most other European countries. This move towards emissions-free transportation by 2030 could speed up this process significantly. Hopefully, this idea from Baake becomes reality sometime soon.
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