Baden-Württemberg: Hermann is slowed down: mobility concept without goals

What a challenge: In the Autoland Baden-Württemberg, greenhouse gases in traffic are to be reduced by 55 percent by 2030.

Baden-Württemberg: Hermann is slowed down: mobility concept without goals

What a challenge: In the Autoland Baden-Württemberg, greenhouse gases in traffic are to be reduced by 55 percent by 2030. The Green Minister therefore made radical plans. But then came the stop sign.

Stuttgart (dpa / lsw) - Baden-Württemberg's Minister of Transport, Winfried Hermann, is threatening to fail with his plans for an early turnaround in mobility due to a lack of money and a lack of support in the green-black coalition. Under pressure from the CDU, Hermann had to significantly weaken his ambitious goals in the cornerstones of the state concept for mobility and climate, as the German Press Agency in Stuttgart learned. The Greens politician wanted to include the goals "every second car is climate-neutral" by 2030 and "every second ton is climate-neutral" in freight transport in the concept. In addition, Hermann urged that the requirement "a fifth less motor vehicle traffic in town and country" be anchored in the paper - in vain.

In order to achieve its climate goals, the country would have to reduce greenhouse gases in transport by 55 percent within seven years. Hermann presented a bundle of measures on Friday to promote the switch to buses and trains. But the turnaround in traffic is also in danger because Hermann does not receive the necessary money. As things stand at present, the 2023/2024 double budget does not include the necessary start-up financing for the so-called mobility guarantee. According to reports, around 120 million euros a year would be needed to advance Hermann's plans for a massive expansion of local public transport in rural areas as planned by 2026.

Climate protectors and the SPD opposition criticize the course of the green-black coalition in transport policy. "If the country does not even name verifiable goals, nobody can develop effective measures from them," said BUND country chief Sylvia Pilarsky-Grosch of the dpa. For the SPD, Hans-Peter Storz said: "Anyone who wants to double the number of passengers in buses and trains would have to start ordering more trains at some point and enabling the transport associations to procure more buses." But Hermann does not get the necessary money from the Green Finance Minister Danyal Bayaz and the CDU waters down the targets.

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