In order to accomplish its goal to cut between 80% and 95% of CO2 emissions by 2050, Germany will require all new cars registered to be emission-free by 2030. Deputy Economy Minister Rainer Baake told Bloomberg unless the country takes radical steps to eliminate CO2 emissions, its pledge would be “jeopardized.”
“Fact is there’s been no reduction at all in CO2 emissions by transport since 1990,” the German official said. “We don’t have any answers to cut truck emissions right now but we do have answers for cars.”
The economy minister said that country needs to cut 10 million metric tons of CO2 over the coming five years. The share of transport emissions in this equation is notably high, accounting for fifth of the country’s CO2 pollution.
Aligning with its goals, the German cabinet pledged a €1 billion incentive to support the sales of electric cars. The country hopes it can have one million electric cars by 2025. The discount for car buyers will range between €3,000 and €4,000.
The Netherlands has started a similar initiative, with Dutch parliament passing a law that bans fossil-fuel powered cars from sale starting 2025, according to Dutch News.