ENVIRONMENT

Climate protection - mobility must remain affordable even with ever scarcer resources

The current U.N. Climate Study concludes that the CO2 emissions caused by burning fossil fuels lead to global warming which, if not limited globally through effective measures, may bring about considerable climatic changes.

The VDIK is calling for more objectivity in these discussions. To achieve a significant reduction of CO2 emissions, effective measures on a global scale are required from all market participants. It goes without saying that the international automotive manufacturers will make their contribution to these efforts. The implementation of effective measures does however depend on drawing the right conclusions from the facts explained in the following.

Of the global CO2 emissions in the range of approx. 800 billion tons per year, less than 4 percent can be influenced by man. However, climate scientists believe that these approx. 29 billion tons are enough to cause climate changes.

What also needs to be taken into account is that only 11.5 to 14.0 percent thereof are caused by passenger cars and trucks. This equals no more than 4.5 billion tons (approx. 0.5 percent) of global CO2 emissions. But nonetheless, this value needs to be reduced.

The chart on the right shows which pollution emitters are responsible for what percentage of CO2 emissions. Road transports accounts for only 18 percent of total CO2 emissions.

The international automotive manufacturers are directing their efforts on the reducing fuel consumption, which in turn leads to reduced CO2 emissions. The European Commission's highly ambitious legislation on capping the CO2 emissions of passenger and small commercial vehicles is only possible by advancing the development of all drivetrain technologies without prejudice to any particular technology. The clean diesel will continue to play a significant role side-by-side with alternative drivetrain technologies. The political actors should continue to offer targeted incentives aimed at motivating consumers to decide in favor of environmentally friendly vehicles and to purchase vehicles with alternative drivetrain technologies. This applies all the more to heavy commercial vehicles. The VIDK calls on all stakeholders to join the automotive industry in its efforts to meet the climate protection targets by, for example, reducing traffic jams, developing the transport infrastructure or promoting fuel-efficient driving.

In the period from 1995 to June 2017, the international brands have reduced their average CO2 emissions by 73 g/km and at just 122 g/km, average CO2 emissions from the international vehicle makes today are still well below the average for Germany of 126,9 g/km CO2.

In light of the currently increased demand for SUVs and the contracting demand for diesel vehicles, CO2 emissions are currently no longer declining. This means that meeting the EU target of 95 g/km remains a challenge.