Greenpeace: CO2-based registration tax and new company car rules

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BERLIN / HANNOVER (dpa-AFX) – The environmental protection organization Greenpeace is demanding a new tax policy from the possible traffic light coalition in order to improve the carbon footprint of car traffic. According to a paper published on Friday, this could include a registration tax based on CO2 emissions and a fundamental revision of the rules for company cars. Such measures are necessary to reduce emissions – in addition to pure purchase subsidies for e-cars – more significantly. In research, demands have recently been made to use the tax system to offset the financial burdens caused by higher energy costs, instead of just granting subsidies.

Greenpeace is proposing, for example, the introduction of a CO2-oriented tax for newly registered cars – as an additional steering instrument or as part of the current vehicle tax. “Locally emission-free vehicles such as electric cars would be exempted from this, economical vehicles would be taxed low and particularly climate-damaging vehicles would be taxed heavily,” so the concept. The increase in prices for heavy and large combustion engines could then accelerate the switch to less climate-damaging cars, together with the purchase premium for e-cars.

From this a “bonus-malus system” could be developed, explain the environmentalists. One consequence would be “that not all taxpayers would have to pay for the payment of the e-car premiums, but primarily the buyers of CO2-intensive combustion cars”. Ultimately, more direct emission reductions can be combined with the development of further sources of finance for climate protection investments.


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