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Merkel: Germany, Auto Industry Face 'Herculean' Climate Task

Thursday Sep 12, 2019
A Mercedes 'Vision EQS' car is displayed at the IAA Auto Show in Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019
A Mercedes 'Vision EQS' car is displayed at the IAA Auto Show in Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019  (Source:AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany's auto industry and the country as a whole face a "Herculean task" meeting the goals set for combating climate change.

Speaking Thursday at the official opening of the Frankfurt Motor Show, Merkel noted that unlike other areas of the economy emissions of greenhouse gases from Germany's transport sector have remained unchanged since 1990 despite increasingly efficient vehicles.

Experts say more and bigger cars, along with more journeys overall, are to blame.

Merkel insisted that some form of carbon pricing will be needed if Germany is to cut its emissions by 40% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels.

Bernhard Mattes, head of Germany's automaker lobby group VDA, said industry favors capping the amount of CO2 released into the atmosphere via a national or European emissions trading system.

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