German government will improve urban air quality
German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced on the 3rd that the German federal government decided to increase its funds for improving the air quality of cities around the country from the previous 1 billion euros to 1.5 billion euros.
On the same day, Merkel held talks with representatives of the states around the city on air quality issues. After the talks, Merkel announced the decision. She said that in addition to the $1 billion "Clean Air Emergency Plan" announced last year to 1.5 billion, the German federal government will also spend about 430 million euros to promote the implementation of automotive hardware upgrades at the local level.
Since the German automakers exposed the "tail valve" incident in 2015, the survival of diesel vehicles has continued to be a hot topic in Germany. Up to now, the city's administrative courts, including the capital city of Berlin and the economically developed cities of Hamburg and Cologne, have demanded that diesel vehicles be banned in some sections of the road in the future. Although there is still a period of time from the official implementation, since the German auto giants and trade unions have expressed strong opposition to the “one size fits all” ban on firewood, the aforementioned scheme introduced by the German government has been interpreted by the outside world as an attempt to protect the environment and the interests of all parties. Seek a compromise.
So far, around this topic, Merkel has invited local state representatives to hold three meetings in Berlin. The German government said in the statement that the focus of the 3rd meeting was how to solve the challenge of "suppressing the improvement of air quality on the one hand and ensuring the convenience of citizens on the other." According to the German government, the common goal of the federal and local governments is to control pollution limits while avoiding the final implementation of the “firewood ban”.
Merkel said on the 3rd that the government is implementing the prerequisites for the upgrade of automotive hardware at a high load. Germany’s Federal Minister of Communications, Juy, said more directly that the federal government is using all means to avoid “forbidden firewood” and to give local support. “Our goal is to avoid both bans and solution."
In order to achieve the above objectives, the German federal government launched the “Clean Air Emergency Plan” last year, which aims to improve urban air quality from 2017 to 2020 by financing urban electric traffic, digital transportation systems, and diesel bus renovation. The German government said that since the implementation of the above-mentioned plan and the implementation of the two aspects of the automotive software upgrades, the number of cities in Germany that have experienced a burst of air quality (breaking the limit of pollution) has dropped from 90 in 2016 to 2017. 65.