Germany’s environmental agency slaps internal auto industry over emissions image

The country’s environment agency has criticized the German transport industry because of its slow effort to help in the fight against global climate change, claiming the sector has been prone to deliver ever more powerful and heavier vehicles.

Transport makes up about 20 percent of the country’s overall greenhouse emissions, with Germany also the largest auto market on the European continent. And, according to the UBA agency, this is the only remaining sector unable to lower its emissions compared to 1990. The blame falls on the trend to deliver ever more powerful and heavier cars as well as the surge in freight transport. “Because more and more freight is being transported by road and the trend is going towards heavier cars with more horsepower, more economical engines have served little purpose for climate protection,” comments UBA president Maria Krautzberger. Germany’s carmakers are now delivering too many powerful autos – with BMW, Mercedes, Audi and Volkswagen being specifically targeted. One such example is the Mercedes-AMG G 65, the flagship variant of the G class off-roader: it has a 630-hp 6.0-liter V12 under the hood and CO2 emissions reach an average of 397 g/km.

The agency also called for more of the freight transport duties to be relegated to rail and ships because the number of tones transported by road jumped by almost a third between 2000 and 2013. Germany’s transport sector is compelled to lower CO2 emissions by 10 million tons by 2020 under a climate action strategy signed last December, part of the overall European ambition to lower emission and fight climate change.

Via Automotive News Europe