Time to the frankenmetropole on a daily basis to work there. The problem is that 90 percent of them drive their own cars, while just ten percent use the public transport system. "The traffic gridlock is practically being carried into the cities from the cities", explains andreas mader of the transport association grobraum nurnberg.
The consequences: CO2 emissions have been reduced only marginally over the last 25 years. With around 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, road traffic in germany makes a significant contribution to climate change and the associated problems. Individual motorized transport is responsible for around 70 percent of traffic emissions. "And that is exactly what has increased in the last 25 years. We simply can"t go on like this, because we"ll never achieve the climate goals we"ve set for ourselves", mader criticizes this development. In his view, demonizing diesel and relying more heavily on gasoline engines is not a solution either.
Climate killer carbon dioxide
Because CO2 emissions would then increase even more, and carbon dioxide is, after all, the real climate killer. But electromobility is no solution for a better climate balance if, as is currently the case, 50 percent of the electricity required is generated from fossil fuels.
In cities like nurnberg, erlangen, bamberg or bayreuth, individual transport is increasingly becoming the real problem, regardless of the mode of propulsion. Continuous influx, noise, fine dust pollution and simple lack of space made life difficult for residents. Mader's conclusion: "in the future, we will need less individual traffic while at the same time expanding local public transport." for example, the planned urban-umland railroad between nurnberg and erlangen would replace around 1400 car journeys a day. This would correspond to a car journey of more than eight kilometers. And the VGN manager has very specific ideas about what this expansion of the public transport system should look like.