Statement from Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), on the Climate Action Plan 2050:
“Despite all its commitment to maintaining Germany’s competitiveness, the [German Government’s] Climate Action Plan harbors the risk of unilateral national action on climate policy, because it goes further than previous EU-level decisions. The Climate Action Plan’s national reduction targets for the individual sectors do not fit into the European framework. Against the background of increasing mobility, which the Government forecasts in passenger and freight traffic up to 2030, the goals for the transport sector are unrealistic.
Unilateral national action on such a scale does not make sense because tangible progress can only come about through international solidarity. This means that above all the large emitters in Asia and the US have to redouble their efforts. But precisely in the United States we may expect the opposite from the newly elected president. The proposed measures should be subjected to a comprehensive impact assessment including overall economic aspects. It would therefore also be wrong to have policies setting sector targets without an in-depth analysis. We need to keep a balance between economy and ecology.”