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Restricting vehicle speed could cut 6.7 million tons of CO2 in this country

A new study has found that Germany alone could prevent the environment from absorbing around 6.7 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) by imposing speed limits on passenger cars and first-class commercial vehicles. light. The country is weighing the idea of ​​imposing this speed limit on its highways. Data from the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) reveals that the 120 km/h speed limit on Germany’s motorways could significantly cut the country’s total CO2 emissions from passenger cars and commercial vehicles. light weight.

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January 23, 2023, 6:03 PM ONLY

The German government is considering a plan to impose speed limits on motorways.
The German government is considering a plan to impose speed limits on motorways.

Currently, there are no speed limits on motorways in Germany. Therefore, imposing such a restriction is a sensitive issue in the country. Interestingly, a previous study claimed that such a speed-limiting strategy could limit CO2 emissions by around 2.6 million tons. However, new research has found that limited volumes can be significantly higher.

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The strategy the German government is considering is part of the country’s goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2045. The transport sector is considered the slowest in limiting CO2 emissions. A Reuters report claims that to meet the greenhouse gas reduction target by 2022, the transportation sector’s emissions must not exceed 138.7 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent.

In 2021, the transport sector in Germany emitted about 148 million tons of CO2, missing the target of about three million tons. The German transport ministry announced that its program will cut about 13 million tons in the coming years, making up for the missed target by 2021.

In general, whenever a car is going fast, it burns more fuel, causing more CO2 and other polluting emissions into the environment. The slower the vehicle, the lower the emissions.

First published date: January 23, 2023, 18:03 PM IST


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