When it comes to road-traffic CO₂ emissions, we need complete transparency: from fuel consumption to the production of fuel and electricity.
By Dr. Volkmar Denner
Climate change is growing in seriousness, but how serious are we about climate action? This is a question that concerns Volkmar Denner, the Bosch CEO. Road traffic is one of the factors contributing to the greenhouse effect. It is responsible for 18 percent of global CO₂ emissions. But a lot of progress has been made here: in Germany, the CO₂ emissions of newly registered vehicles have fallen by one quarter since 2007. And it doesn’t stop there: in the EU, Parliament, Council, and the Commission will soon be debating whether new vehicles’ CO₂ emissions should fall by 30 or 40 percent over the next decade. That said, limits on road-traffic emissions are only part of the picture. To fulfill them, we need consumption data that are as close to reality as possible. Moreover, if we continue to ignore the way fuel and electricity are generated, we will not be telling the whole story about road traffic’s carbon footprint. Anyone who takes climate action on our roads seriously must consider all sources of CO₂ emissions, from well to wheel. There can be no fight against climate change unless we are perfectly clear about CO₂ — that is the subject of this latest edition of “Denner’s view.”
“Anyone who takes climate action on our roads seriously must consider all sources of CO₂ emissions, from well to wheel.”
Volkmar Denner, CEO Bosch