Step up climate action, German minister tells carmakers

Germany’s auto industry must move from being the “problem child” of climate action to a “beacon of hope”, secretary of state for the environment Jochen Flasbarth has said

Germany’s auto industry must move from being the “problem child” of climate action to a “beacon of hope”, secretary of state for the environment Jochen Flasbarth has said.

Speaking on Saturday at a conference organised by the green transport association Verkehrsclub Deutschland, Flasbarth called for a radical reorientation in Germany’s transport policies.

“Since 1990, greenhouse gas emissions in all other areas combined have fallen by around 28%,” he said. “Only transport has failed to deliver, instead actually increasing its CO2 output. This obstinacy must end.”

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