Climate protection must not restrict mobility / ADAC warns against abstract goals that overwhelm the population and the economy

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Munich (ots) - The ADAC is expressly committed to climate protection and considers progress in the transport sector to be indispensable. What is decisive, however, is that climate targets are technically feasible, economically sensible and affordable. For the transport sector, the goal of reducing CO2 emissions by 40 percent in Germany is ambitious and can only be achieved with considerable effort. It should not be forgotten that the achievement of these current goals is already associated with significant cost increases for the consumer. Foreseeable further burdens are unacceptable from a social point of view, because mobility must not be a question of financial possibilities. This should not be forgotten at European level when discussing new climate policy goals and the necessary measures.

A reduction in CO2 emissions by significantly more than 40 percent by 2030 in traffic cannot be achieved without significantly restricting mobility. Formulating abstract goals that are consequently carried out on the backs of consumers and national business locations do not help. Advances in climate protection in transport are possible. However, it takes more time to switch to low-emission vehicles and alternatives to cars.

There are still insufficient alternatives to the car in many regions. Also, many people are simply not able to buy new vehicles. Quite a few companies are not able to renew their fleets without further ado, especially in view of the loss of sales caused by the Corona. The ADAC also considers a ban on the combustion engine to be counterproductive. Regardless of the economic consequences, the climate-neutral further development of the combustion engine and fuels are elementary for progress in climate protection. There are 47 million cars with combustion engines in this country. Only a small part of this will be able to be replaced by battery electric vehicles by 2030. With a rejection of technology neutrality, considerable opportunities for climate protection are wasted.

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