Germany wants to limit values ​​for pollutants by 2020

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The federal government in Germany wants to get rid of excessive nitrogen oxide pollution in cities largely by 2020 by the handle. The goal was to comply with concrete measures until then, the limits said Minister of Transport Andreas Scheuer (CSU) on Thursday (March 22, 2018) in the Bundestag. His motto is " No panic and no prohibitions, but incentives and measures – and specifically and quickly." The SPD makes pressure in the coalition to take the automakers more seriously into the obligation, even for controversial conversions of diesel engines for stronger pollutant reduction.

Scheuer said that a new funding directive should promote the conversion of diesel buses in local transport. There are 107 million euros ready for a total of 28,000 city buses. In a next step, for example, garbage trucks or ambulances should be retrofitted. The minister reaffirmed the goal, with software updates at 5.3 million cars, of nitrogen oxide emissions up.

Minister of the Environment Svenja Schulze urges on prompt top-level talks by the federal government and car manufacturers.

Year-end by up to 30 percent. " Air quality is quality of life." But these are also freedom of movement and mobility, which is the "fuel" of the economy. Clean air should be a " export hit".

SPD faction vice-president Sören Bartol said only software updates were not enough. " The manufacturers have to go." The cost of technical retrofitting of cars of the pollutant classes Euro 5 and Euro 6 must " of course, wear the automotive industry."

The new Minister of the Environment Svenja Schulze (SPD) urges on prompt top-level talks by the federal government and car manufacturers. It was foreseeable that previously adopted measures were not sufficient to comply with limits, she wrote to information to Scheuer, Economics Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU) and Justice Minister Katarina Barley (SPD). " Therefore, from my point of view, further measures are also required by the car manufacturer."

In the fight against excessive air pollution in many German cities, the Federal Government has been relying above all on support programs for municipalities, for example, to make traffic more fluid and to purchase buses with alternative propulsion systems. Conversions directly to engines reject the car industry. Even Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) has expressed scepticism. Nevertheless, a complaint of the EU and diesel driving bans threatened in cities with, particularly high load. The Federal Administrative Court had generally declared prohibitions admissible, but called them last resort. In addition, the proportionality must be respected.

The left demands an obligation of the automakers to technical retrofits and compensation for diesel drivers in the case of driving bans and wants to bring an application in the Bundestag. " We are convinced that there is a legal possibility to force the manufacturers to the technical retrofitting of diesel cars," said the transport spokeswoman Ingrid Remmers.

The German Environmental Aid criticized the focus on individual measuring points. "We want to point out that we have a nationwide threat," said DUH CEO Jürgen Resch in Berlin, where he presented his own measurements of the Environmental Protection Association. Accordingly, in addition to the designated by the Federal Environment Agency cities in other, even smaller places, the air is relatively heavily contaminated with nitrogen dioxide, which also comes from diesel exhaust. However, the DUH measurements do not comply with the official criteria.

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