Are emissions in Germany rising?

Are CO2 emissions in Germany still rising? They are according to this article on the BBC News website.

But why? Why, with so much technology available to reduce emissions, are some manufacturers building cars that put out more CO2 than previous models?

I think the answer is quite simply: because people are prepared to buy them. If more people took notice of the CO2 values of the cars that they are buying, then I am sure that the manufacturers would react by developing cars with reduced emissions – or with with alternative fuels.

I also think that the last thing the EU should do is to give the manufacturers more time! It really is amazing to think that I am already driving a car with the intention of doing what some companies will not even manage in the next 5 years – and now want an extension to 8!

It’s time for German consumers to take a stand and force these large companies to do their bit for the environment. If they don’t build low-emission cars, then we can’t drive them!

 

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About Graham

Graham Tappenden is a British ex-pat who first came to Germany as a placement student in 1993, returning in 1995 to live there permanently. He has been writing for AllThingsGerman.net since 2006. When not writing blog posts or freelancing for the Oberurseler Woche and other publications he works as a self-employed IT consultant solving computer problems and designing websites. In 2016 he gained German citizenship.

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