the Official cars of many politicians are, according to the German Environmental Aid (DUH), to a large extent harmful to the climate. The number of plug-in hybrids – which run on both fuel and electric drives and are referred to by the DUH as “climate killers” – has risen from 43 percent in the previous year to 51 percent this year. “Instead of opting for a really climate-friendly company car, the members of this federal government in particular are only giving themselves a green coat of paint,” said DUH’s deputy managing director Barbara Metz. The DUH publishes the ranking at regular intervals, now for the 15th time.
Between April and August of this year, the DUH examined 233 company cars belonging to 238 top politicians from the federal and state governments. For the statistics, figures on the emission of exhaust gases during “real driving operations” were used and not the manufacturer’s data, according to the message. The basis for this was calculations by the non-profit organization “International Council on Clean Transportation” (ICCT). If a politician had several vehicles at his disposal, the one with the highest CO2 emissions was rated, but the kilometers actually driven were not taken into account. The result: only 16 out of 233 company cars comply with the EU limit of 95 grams of CO2 per kilometer driven.
Schulze on the road with 242 grams of CO2 per kilometer
In the EU, stricter guidelines for CO2 emissions from vehicles have been in force since 2020. Across the industry, the average fleet value for new vehicles should not exceed 95 grams per kilometer driven, with the exception of transitional regulations. But that doesn’t mean that every single new car has to adhere to this value.
In the DUH evaluation, about all federal cabinet members stand out because of their high CO2 emissions. Environment Minister Svenja Schulze’s (SPD) car has the lowest emissions by comparison with 242 grams of CO2 per kilometer. Development Minister Gerd Mller (CSU) has the highest consumption in the Federal Cabinet with 283 grams. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s company cars, Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Health Minister Jens Spahn (all CDU), Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU), Finance Minister Olaf Scholz and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (both SPD) were not rated because of their heavy armor, as in previous years.
Greens do best
In a comparison of the parties involved in state governments, the Greens come off the best with real emissions of 199 grams of CO2 per kilometer, with the Free Voters bringing up the rear with 255 grams of CO2. (dpa-AFX / gem)
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