Germany’s Plan to Ban Internal Combustion Engines can Take 600,000 Jobs
Over 600,000 jobs in Germany could be at risk by 2030 if there is a potential ban on internal combustion engines, according to IFO economic institute.
In a study that has been sanctioned by the VDA auto industry association, a permanent switch from the sales of the zero-emission cars will cause 436,000 car manufacturing jobs to turn redundant. The rest of the job loss would be from the other related industries, such as the suppliers.
The VDA, which represents automakers such as Daimler, Volkswagen, and BMW is in further discussion with the German government on the plans of reduction of pollution. The plan is to reduce pollution from the older diesel cars, which the industry hopes can avert any complete ban on the diesel engines in some German cities.
Quite a few German cities, such as Stuttgart, and Munich have mulled the option of banning some of the diesel vehicles while blaming emissions that cause an increase in respiratory diseases.
Ever since Volkswagen emission tests cheating scandal became public in September 2015, the pollution from the diesel engines has been a sensitive topic in Germany.
On August 2, German federal government’s representatives, state representatives from where the automakers are based as well as automakers will meet for finding ways for curbing pollution from diesel.