The discussion about a speed limit is back in full swing. Although Chancellor Scholz recently rejected an upper speed limit, the proponents warn that not only every kilowatt hour of electricity counts, but also every liter of fuel – there can be no objection to that.
Calculations by the Federal Environment Agency showed that with a speed of 130 km/h we emit around 1.9 million tons of CO2 saved. Is that much? Or little? For comparison: In the pre-pandemic year 2019, the transport sector accounted for around 164 million tons of CO2 responsible.
There is no question that we need to be more economical with energy. Whether a speed limit is necessary for this, I think is questionable. On the one hand, we Germans drive slower anyway, if only to save money, on the other hand, there is real potential to reduce CO2-Reduce emissions in e-cars powered by green electricity.
Why would a speed limit still make sense? Because it is not only good for the environment, but also for road safety: According to the accident atlas of the Federal Statistical Office, 75 percent more fatal crashes occur on motorways without a speed limit than on those with a speed limit. And just like every kilowatt hour and every liter of petrol, every human life should count.
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