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Greenpeace calls for fewer cars, expert Thuerzhoffer

Thursday, August 31st, 2017 | World News

Less cars are calling for Greenpeace for the turnaround in transport policy. The car expert Ferdinand Dudenhöffer predicts in the discussion with cafetheology.org, however, more cars in the future – to the benefit of man and climate.

According to a study by the "Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, Energy" commissioned by Greenpeace, the "dependency on their own car" is to be reduced to a "mobility scenario 2035". This could be achieved, for example, through new mobility services and better networking of transport services.

A combination of public transport, cycling and pedestrian traffic and offers such as car sharing should be designed so attractive that a large proportion of people in Germany do not have the ownership of private cars or use the car more rarely.

  According to a study commissioned by Greenpeace, it is possible to achieve a "comprehensive transformation" of mobility and transport to climate protection. (Source: Lino Mirgeler / dpa)

"I think this is pure wishful thinking," criticizes the auto expert Ferdinand Dudenhöffer. "The exact opposite of what Greenpeace calls for in the Wuppertal study will be the case in the future: motorization will rise worldwide, and this is better for both the climate and the people."

 Dudenhöffer, who is a professor at the University of Duisburg-Essen, teaches business and automotive engineering and heads the Center Automotive Research, calls for a revolution in the movement of cars by car: "It is important that we get as fast as possible the automotive in the form of an electric car, and it is just as important that we go fast with automated driving and robocars. "

"Public transport will be lost"
Dudenhöffer considers the strengthening of public transport demanded by Greenpeace to be a reality. "Public transport will even be lost," says the economist. "Public transport has advantages in some areas, but giant disadvantages in far-reaching areas." Above all, longer distances will also be covered by car in the future. "Deutsche Bahn without breakdowns and with reasonable prices?", Says Dudenhöffer. "Nobody can seriously imagine that."

The scenario of the Greenpeace study, on the other hand, provides that the number of cars in Germany will drop massively by 2035, to 200 private cars per 1000 inhabitants – in 2015, there were 548 per 1000 inhabitants. In addition, higher costs for the acquisition and possession of a private car are of "fundamental importance". It is conceivable that admission and higher circulation taxes for passenger cars. In 2035, residents of the cities should enjoy "significant financial advantages" when they live in a car-free way.

Combustion engine is to die out
"We do not want to take the car away from the people," said co-study author Thorsten Koska. "It's about making alternatives more attractive." The aim is intelligent traffic control. "By 2035 there may be a halving of the car fleet, but no halving of traffic." The study helped to expand the "options for political weighing processes".

In addition, a ban on new registrations of passenger cars with internal combustion engines should be obtained after 2025, it says. In the public debate about the withdrawal from the gasoline and diesel engine, the year 2030 is of particular importance. This is the goal of the Greens. According to the scenario in the study, by 2035, the passenger car fleet is to be converted almost completely to electric drives. In order to achieve this, for example, minimum quotes for e-cars would be possible.

Climate issues should be achieved
It is possible to get by 2035 to traffic in Germany without oil. This would make a significant contribution to climate protection and better air. A "comprehensive transformation" of mobility and transport could help to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

According to the Paris Climate Agreement, global warming is to be limited to below two degrees compared to the pre-industrial period. The Contracting States should, however, endeavor to stop them at 1.5 degrees. The greenhouse gas emissions from transport in Germany could be reduced from 166 million tonnes in 2016 to 2035, according to the study.

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