News Digest Item
13 Nov 2017

Majority of Germans ready to give up “no speed limit” on motorways for climate protection


Over 80 percent of Germans aged between 18 and 67 say the country needs to step up its efforts to reduce the transport sector’s impact on the environment, a survey conducted by the government-owned financing institution KfW suggests. Almost 90 percent of the respondents said that the car industry had a special responsibility to ensure that vehicles cause less pollution, and over 70 percent said they were ready to change their individual behaviour in order to reduce emissions from transport. “Even the highly controversial proposal to introduce a speed limit on motorways received majority support”, with 60 percent of the respondents backing such policy, the KfW press release says. However, “only one in two respondents believed that electric cars will dominate the roads in 20 years”, KfW adds.

Read the press release in English here.

See the CLEW article EU car emissions too weak for German climate targets – experts for background.

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