News Digest Item
11 Oct 2018

Germany at risk of becoming biotope for fossil combustion technologies – Green MP

Clean Energy Wire

By opposing stricter EU car emission limits, Germany’s government delays the transition to renewable mobility and risks isolating the country, according to Green MP and transport expert Cem Özdemir. “France, Denmark, Luxembourg and Netherlands have understood that we can’t stop the future,” Özdemir said with reference to their cut-off dates for the sale of conventional cars. At a conference organised by e-mobility magazine Edison, he added that Germany is at risk of becoming a “biotope” for fossil combustion technologies.
The transition to electric vehicles only makes sense if they are powered by renewable power, but the government lacks the courage to end coal, according to Özdemir. “The mobility transition and the energy transition must go hand in hand.”

Find background in the news item Merkel opposes more ambitious EU car fleet emissions targets and the articles Germany launches task force to kickstart shift to sustainable mobility and German environment ministry pushes for tougher EU car emission rules.

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