In the environmental comparison of the company cars of all state governments by the German Environmental Aid (DUH), the Berlin Senate did best. The organization announced on Thursday that it had real average CO2 emissions of 173 grams per kilometer. The other state governments were therefore between 198 grams of CO2 (Baden-Württemberg) and 279 grams (North Rhine-Westphalia).

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In Berlin, Senator for Transport and Environment Bettina Jarasch (Greens) took first place: Her electric Tesla emits 59 grams of CO2, it said. According to environmental aid, the armored Mercedes of the Governing Mayor Franziska Giffey (SPD) actually produces 408 grams of CO2.

However, the Berlin Senate, like the other state governments and the federal cabinet, has been criticized by environmental aid. She classified the vast majority of all company cars as harmful to the climate. “Instead of an economical electric vehicle, the members of the government are relying on plug-in hybrids in large numbers,” said Deputy Managing Director Barbara Metz. Here it is known that the cars are only economical on paper, but that they are harmful to the climate when in operation. Plug-in hybrids run on both petrol and electric drives.

For the statistics, figures on exhaust gas emissions during “real driving” and not manufacturer information were used, it said. This was based on calculations by the non-profit organization “International Council on Clean Transportation” (ICCT).