Germany's climate policy: Facing an automobile dilemma

Over a quarter of a century, emissions from the road transport sector in Germany have remained stable. Even though cars have become more efficient, energy use has not declined because total vehicle numbers have continued to grow, while efficiency gains have been eaten up by greater motorization and mass of newly registered cars. Clearly, suggested policy measures to achieve a significant reduction in emissions from the transport sector are insufficient, because they overlook that in particular energy-intense cars are driven disproportionally more often. A free download of the paper is available here (until April 2017):