Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek (CDU) does not rule out an end to domestic German air traffic in order to achieve the climate protection goals. There is an obligation to oppose climate change even more decisively, she told the German Press Agency before the new report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was published on Monday (9 August). She expects the report to dispel any remaining doubts that humans have been the main cause of climate change since the beginning of industrialization.
More efficient passenger transport – “must not take 30 years”
“If you say that we no longer want domestic German air traffic, then you have to organize passenger traffic more efficiently and build high-speed routes, for example,” said Karliczek, referring to the railways. “We have to go this way consistently. But it must not take 30 years. That is a decision that we have to fix in the next coalition agreement.”
The Airport Association (ADV) criticized such attempts. The association announced that around a third of air traffic was caused by transfer passengers. “Anyone who comes from Hamburg or Berlin and wants to take a long-haul flight from Frankfurt is happy that they get to Frankfurt on time with their luggage on the plane – and not stand on the platform with suitcases,” said a spokeswoman. If travelers had to switch to a hub abroad to switch, it would not help the climate.
Some of the climate change can no longer be averted
Some of the consequences of climate change can no longer be averted, said the minister. She referred to the floods in Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia. Such extreme events have always existed, but the frequency increases with climate change. “Every municipality must therefore now consider how we can better prepare for extreme events, we have to step up,” she said.
“Rivers have to be relocated back to their original bed and overflow areas and larger sewerage options created.” Research is already developing measures and concepts together with the municipalities in order to be better positioned in the future.