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Why even the Greens don’t drive eco-cars

MPs car: why even the Greens don't drive eco-cars-Emission Certificates

The fleet of the driving service of the German Bundestag is equipped with middle and upper class models from BMW, Mercedes and Audi

Source: picture alliance / Markus C. Hur

The Bundestag calls for more economical company cars for MPs and takes a look at the vehicle fleet "devastating signal". Meanwhile, it is circulating that the entire electromobility is at risk.

R.They have to be representative, the cars with which members of the Bundestag are chauffeured to their official appointments. The Bundestag’s fleet consists predominantly of models from the upper German middle class, i.e. the BMW 5-series sedan, the Audi A6 and the Mercedes E-class.

This fleet should also be environmentally friendly, after all, parliamentarians and the federal government are committed to massively promoting electromobility. By 2020, one million e-cars are to be registered in Germany and fuel-saving hybrid models are also to be promoted, some of which are too "Eco cars" be jazzed up. But Germany’s politicians, of all people, are apparently having a hard time living up to their role model role.

the "Parliamentary Advisory Council on Sustainable Development" has now demanded compliance with a binding target of 120 grams of CO2 emissions per kilometer for the Bundestag’s fleet of company cars. The chairman of the committee, the CDU MP Andreas Jung, stated in a letter to Parliament President Norbert Lammert (CDU) that this was also a question of credibility. That reports the "Saarbrucker Zeitung", who has received the letter.

Criticism of the Council of Elders

The Bundestag itself has repeatedly reaffirmed Germany’s pioneering role in climate protection, wrote Jung. "We can only credibly defend this claim if we live up to the role model function of the German Bundestag in implementing the goals". Jung criticized the fact that the Council of Elders had converted a decision taken in 2009 to only use vehicles with CO2 emissions of no more than 120 grams per kilometer from 2012 into a target regulation a few months ago. That is a "devastating signal".

The message that comes from the Federal Ministry of Finance is even more alarming. There is a letter circulating there that the implementation of electromobility is in acute danger. The reason for this is the drastic fall in the price of CO2 emission certificates from around eight euros in 2011 to around half that currently. According to projections, if the development remains the same, there will be a funding gap of eight billion euros up to 2017.

It is feared that new projects in electromobility will stop this year and next. The delays in important research projects in the field of renewable energies, in turn "are suitable in the public to stir up doubts about the seriousness of the federal government with regard to the energy transition", it says in the letter to department head Wolfgang Schauble, who the "world" is present.

140 vehicles in the Bundestag fleet

No good prognoses for the German government’s much touted energy transition. But it fits the downtrend. It was recently announced that automakers had agreed to curtail the development of all-electric cars.

And the fact that Green MPs also break the climate target on their business trips does not exactly contribute to the credibility of the automotive eco-movement. The Bundestag currently uses around 140 leased upper middle class vehicles from German manufacturers. An average of 159 to 169 grams of CO2 was last recorded in 2009.

The hesitant retrofitting to alternative drives was justified behind the scenes with the dwindling comfort of the wagons. There are alternatives with a better carbon footprint: the BMW 520d, for example, which, according to the manufacturer, emits less than 120 g / km. Or the E220 CDI from Mercedes. Only Audi is slightly higher with the A6 2.0 TDI with 129g / km.

MEPs like Andreas Jung are now recalling that electric cars and plug-in hybrids will also have to be purchased one by one. The Bundestag also demanded that the public sector should give more consideration to such vehicles in future tenders. "There is no apparent argument why this should not apply to the German Bundestag itself", says Jung.

Against the background of the lower prices for CO2 emission certificates and the tight budget situation, the conversion of the Bundestag fleet to more environmentally friendly cars is likely to be delayed, also for cost reasons.

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