CO2 Development in the Traffic Sector

Successful CO2 reduction in the German traffic sector

The public climate protection discussion in Germany focuses on the traffic sector. Due to its presidency in the European Council in the first half of 2007, Germany is at the same time required to make important political decisions for the future European climate protection policy. The German automotive industry expects to face decisions for its future.

The efficiency, with which fuel is converted into transport performance, has been increased sustainably as compared to the nineties of the last century. While the growth of the traffic demand has overcompensated these technological achievements during the nineties, the total emission level in Germany has decreased continuously since then. No other EU country has achieved a comparable development.

However, the German automotive industry wants to go further ahead. Finding the right instruments to ensure a further separation of traffic and CO2 emissions on a European and national level is of utmost importance now. The automotive industry will contribute to this objective by further increasing the efficiency with new technologies and the use of CO2-saving alternative fuels. However, this is not enough: The focus must now be on mobilising additional CO2-saving potentials also in this area, as far as these can be achieved with vehicle-related measures. The policy-makers have a key responsibility in this context – with a consequent support strategy for biological fuels and by transforming the motor vehicle tax to a CO2 basis. The "integrated approach" defined in the Cars 21 framework leads the way in this context.

Increase of CO2 emission of the EU traffic sector from 1990 until 2006

CO2 Emissions in the EU 1990-2006
Quelle: Europäische Umweltagentur

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First publication: 06.05.2008 Last modified: 19.05.2011