When the law on climate and its resilience ("Loi Climat et Résilience") was passed in France on 22 August 2021, many were sure that several low emission zones would be created in France this year. But with one month to go before the end of the year, there are still no low emission zones in many places. In part, there are nothing more than bureaucratic reasons for this.
No city toll, no reduction of traffic and certainly no zero-emission zone: the left-wing coalition in Berlin could not reach an agreement on the adaptation of the mobility law. Thus, neither traffic nor air quality will probably change in the capital.
The current train drivers' strike has almost completely stopped passenger transport - and that during the holiday season. This shows that the alternatives to the car cannot be relied upon.
In the USA, the VW Group has suffered a legal defeat because of Dieselgate, which could cost it billions. In Germany, customers who want to take legal action against Daimler because of the so-called thermal windows probably have rather bad chances.
The country faces a 100 million euro fine for excessive air pollution. A two-month deadline set by the European Commission to reduce nitrogen oxide pollution passed unsuccessfully yesterday. At the same time, a French court ruled that the state was partly to blame for the country's climate damage.
Deutsche Umwelthilfe laments the real emissions of new trucks on the roads and demands a rethink.
The oral negotiations between the Hessian cities and the German Environmental Aid Organisation (DUH) are on hold for the time being.
The organisation Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) is meeting today with several cities for settlement negotiations. Meanwhile, the Euro 5 diesel driving ban would come into effect in Stuttgart today - but there is a problem.
Yesterday, a decision was made on possible driving bans or measures for the city of Wuppertal.