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e-mobil BW connects: climate protection in transport

At the digital event, Anna Deparnay-Grunenberg, Member of the European Parliament from the Green Party, and Holger Lösch from the Federation of German Industries discussed the question: How do we achieve the climate protection goals in the mobility sector?

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Anna Deparnay-Grunenberg and Holger Lösch presented their approaches for more climate protection in transport at the e-mobil BW connects.
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Time is pressing - How do we achieve European and German emission targets in the mobility sector? - was the guiding question for the digital event of the e-mobil BW connects series, which took place on 7 February 2022. To discuss this question and look at it from different perspectives, e-mobil BW invited two high-profile guests:

 

  • Anna Deparnay-Grunenberg (European Free Alliance / Green Party) Member of the European Parliament and member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism.
  • Holger Lösch, Deputy Managing Director of the Federation of German Industries (BDI)

 

Mobility transition means societal transformation

With the European Green Deal, the European Union has set itself the goal of becoming climate-neutral by 2050. The EU's most important tool for achieving this goal is the Fit for 55 package of measures. Fit for 55 defines cross-sectoral measures to reduce CO2 emissions in the EU, including for the mobility sector. In the transformation to a low-emission mobility system, Anna Deparnay-Grunenberg is not only focusing on electrification. In particular, emissions could be saved by shifting more traffic to the railways. In her presentation, the Member of Parliament emphasised that the mobility transition should put people first. New services, such as mobility hubs, should be oriented towards people's needs. For the economy, the transformation offers the opportunity for new potential for innovation, for example in the area of recycling and the circular economy, and to orient itself more towards the common good and basic human needs. In her presentation, Anna Deparnay-Grunenberg spoke of transformation as an "adventure" that affects the whole of society and is shaped by "millions of decisions".

 

Halving of emissions required by 2030 - Climate Paths 2.0

With the study "Climate Paths 2.0 -  A Program for Climate and Germany's Future Development", the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), commissioned by the Federation of German Industries (BDI), has developed a feasibility study that shows how the climate protection goals can be achieved in all sectors. It is necessary to set the course for the large-scale electrification of new passenger cars, an increase in new greenhouse gas-neutral truck registrations to 70 percent and an import of more than three million metric tons of synthetic fuels by 2030. In his lecture, Holger Lösch spoke of the challenges that await companies in order to meet the set goals, but also emphasised the opportunity inherent in this upheaval: Thus, investments and changes should not only be evaluated negatively, but courage and openness for all possible solutions are essential. After all, in the transformation towards a climate-friendly economy, it is essential to break with old ways of thinking and to venture into completely new structures. He emphasised that transformation is absolutely necessary and that industry should not be deterred by change.