News Digest Item
06 Sep 2017

Mining Union IG BCE calls for government commission on transport transition

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Mining Union IG BCE, which represents many workers at car industry suppliers and is a fierce opponent of a quick coal exit, has called for a “future commission transport transition” shortly after the upcoming elections, reports Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “We’re talking about investment decisions with massive consequences and hundreds of thousands of jobs,” said union head Michael Vassiliadis. “A modernisation effort of this magnitude requires a convincing strategy that provides orientation for decades.”
Vassiliadis warned of placing a single bet on electric cars because of carbon emissions in the power sector and an unsuitable power grid. Germany should stop “talking with gusto about how to exit key industries as quickly as possible without having alternatives,” he added.

Find background in the factsheet The debate over an end to combustion engines in Germany.

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