According to the German Environmental Aid (DUH), 83 percent of politicians’ company cars in Germany exceed the CO2 limit of 95 grams per kilometer by at least 20 percent.
The average real CO2 emissions of all company cars is 219 grams, said Federal Managing Director Barbara Metz at the presentation of this year’s DUH company car check on Thursday in Berlin. That is more than twice the EU-wide limit.
The EU requirement does not apply to every single car, but is a maximum average value for all new cars sold in the EU in one year.
According to environmental aid, only two of the nine federal ministers surveyed received a so-called green card. Agriculture Minister Cem Özdemir and Federal Environment Minister Steffi Lemke (both Green) met the CO2 limit on the road with their climate-friendly electric cars with 83 and 84 grams.
At the bottom of the cabinet is Federal Building Minister Klara Geywitz (SPD) with CO2 emissions of 330 grams.
At the bottom of the overall ranking this year are again Hesse’s Prime Minister Volker Bouffier (CDU), Lower Saxony’s Interior Minister Boris Pistorius (SPD) and North Rhine-Westphalia’s Interior Minister Herbert Reul (CDU). They each have an Audi A8 as a company car, “which puts a shocking 488 grams of real CO2 emissions on the road,” as it was said.