Saving Energy: The Speed ​​Limit Debate Increases Speed ​​| free press

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Germany wants to be less dependent on Russian energy supplies, so demands for a speed limit on motorways are growing stronger.

The director general of the German Association of Cities, Helmut Dedy, told the German news agency: “From now on we will have to look even more closely at energy consumption. That is why we are now asking for a speed limit. That would be allow us to exploit the savings potential immediately. “

A realistic scenario, Dedy said, is a halt to Russia’s gas or oil supply. “We don’t want hysteria, but we want people and businesses to be more aware that a large-scale crisis can occur.”

Jens Hilgenberg, head of transport policy at the environmental association BUND, told dpa: “To reduce dependence on energy imports, energy savings must be achieved immediately. In the transport sector, effective measures in the short term as a limit general speed of 100 km / h on the motorway, to immediately implement car-free Sundays and short-haul flights. “

During the coalition negotiations between the SPD, the Greens and the FDP, the introduction of a general speed limit on German motorways failed due to resistance from the liberals. A speed limit was also missing from a package of measures recently adopted by coalition leaders to save energy.

Economy Minister Robert Habeck (Verdi) announced Wednesday the early warning level of a gas emergency plan, the first of three levels. This is intended to strengthen precautions for a possible stop of deliveries in Russia. The appeal went to consumers and businesses to save energy. The Ministry of Economy stressed that at the moment the security of supply is still guaranteed. From Habeck’s point of view, the payment of gas deliveries in rubles requested by Russia is a violation of supply contracts.

Dedy said cities supported Habeck’s stated early warning level. “We must take precautions at all levels and with all available means to prepare for a stop in supplies from Russia. This applies both strategically and practically.”

“Wirtschaftswise” Veronika Grimm on Wednesday said it was important to send signals indicating that there could be an explosive situation if Russian energy supplies are cut off. One such sign could be the introduction of a general speed limit on motorways.

“People now have to consume less,” said Monika Schnitzer, like Grimm also a member of the Advisory Council for the Evaluation of General Economic Development. They should carpooling, drive slower and, if possible, use public transport, the economist said.

On the motorway, in particular, consumption per kilometer strongly depends on the speed traveled. According to the Federal Environment Agency, for example, a typical vehicle traveling at 90 kilometers per hour consumes 23% less fuel than a speed of 110 kilometers per hour.

Environmental groups have long called for the introduction of a general speed limit. Three weeks ago, the environmental organization Greenpeace proposed short-term measures to reduce Germany’s oil consumption and thus its dependence on Russian oil imports. This includes introducing a temporary speed limit of 100km / h on motorways, 80km / h on country roads and 30km / h in cities for the duration of the conflict. This could improve traffic flow, reduce consumption-intensive speed changes and increase the efficiency of internal combustion engines. (Dpa)

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