Many European nations are working to reduce carbon emissions, through a combination of initiatives related to boosting renewable energy production and curbing emissions from transportation. Now, Germany is taking a stand to cut back on emissions produced on its roadways, with a declaration that all new cars registered in the country will have to meet a zero-emissions requirement by 2030. This new rule is part of Germany’s broader goal to slash up to 95 percent of carbon dioxide emissions by 2050.

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Deputy Economy Minister Rainer Baake thinks it’s high time that Germany gets serious about reducing emissions from transportation. “Fact is, there’s been no reduction at all in CO2 emissions by transport since 1990,” he said. “We don’t have any answers to cut truck emissions right now but we do have answers for cars.” The emissions-free requirement will help, but Germany’s government is making it a little easier to achieve with a previously announced cash incentive program to encourage sales of electric cars. The program translates into $4,500 on purchases of all-electric cars and $3,400 on hybrid vehicles, totaling a whopping $1.1 billion nationwide.

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The Environment Ministry estimates the incentive program would help put 500,000 more electric cars on the road by 2020 which is, incidentally, the self-imposed deadline for cutting the nation’s emissions by 40 percent. Currently, there are just 130,000 hybrids and 25,000 full-electric cars registered in Germany (as of January 2016) and some 30 million gasoline cars and 14.5 million diesels. All things considered, boosting electric car sales may help put a dent in the nation’s transportation emissions, but Germany has a long road ahead to its 2050 goal.

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