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28 Jan 2019, 12:43
Kerstine Appunn

A speed limit on German motorways is “unrealistic” – transport minister

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The freedom to choose your speed on German motorways has proved itself and introducing a speed limit would only save a small amount of CO2, federal transport minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) told Bild am Sonntag in an interview. The National Platform Future of Mobility, set up to make suggestions on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector, recently brought up the speed limit as an emission saving option. But Scheuer said that he “would have omitted ideas that annoy people” and wants the platform to rethink how they work and how to achieve positive results instead of “warming up old, rejected and unrealistic demands”.

Germany’s transport sector is the only area that has not reduced its greenhouse gas emissions at all since 1990. Emissions increased by two percent between 1990 and 2016. The National Platform Future of Mobility mirrors the procedure of Germany’s coal exit commission and is to suggest measures for emission reductions that can become part of climate action law package later this year.

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