Germany way behind schedule to hit its lower emissions levels targets

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According to a government official, Germany would need to make all its cars emissions free by 2030 if it wants to drastically cut the pollution generated by the transportation system.

Nearly ten years back, the German government set greenhouse gas reduction targets of 40 percent by 2020, compared to 1990 levels, while it committed to cut the pollution by 80 percent to 95 percent by 2050. However, these goals are practically impossible to achieve, according to Deputy Economy Minister Rainer Baake. The only way to achieve them would be to ban from registration all new diesels and gasoline-powered cars over the next 15 years and to rely only on zero-emissions vehicles.

“Fact is there’s been no reduction at all in CO2 emissions by transport since 1990,” Baake said a recent climate forum in Berlin, cited by Bloomberg. “We don’t have any answers to cut truck emissions right now but we do have answers for cars.” But Germany has not made a lot of efforts to spur demand for electric vehicles and sales numbers are a proof to that. There are currently around 30 million gasoline cars and 14.5 million diesels on its roads and only 130,000 hybrids and 25,000 full electric vehicles.

After months of debates over a strategy to surge the sales of electric cars in Germany, the government finally reached a deal with the automakers in April to jointly share the costs of a 1.2-billion-euro incentive plan to encourage customers to purchase green vehicles, with buyers to receive up to 4,000 euros in incentives. Chancellor Angela Merkel has set a goal for Germany to have one million hybrid and battery plug-ins on the road by 2020 and 6 million by 2030.

Via Bloomberg