The government wants to relieve the burden on citizens with a 9-euro monthly ticket for buses and trains. However, free public transport would be easier to implement and more affordable.
A commentary from the perspective of sustainability research on the dispute over the expansion of Berlin's A100 motorway by Sophia Becker in the "Studio 9 Interview" on Deutschlandfunk Kultur.
Should public transport be free of charge? Experience shows: Just because the bus costs nothing, far from all people stop using their cars.
Drivers have been annoyed by high fuel prices for weeks. The German government wants to take countermeasures. But it also wants to make "good old" public transport more attractive through price incentives. Is that enough to keep Germany mobile?
"The already rising fuel prices in Germany have quickly climbed to unimagined heights since the war in Ukraine began. Many complain about the effects, others see opportunities for the traffic transition. (...)"
The attack on Ukraine makes rapid energy savings necessary. In their position paper, Sophia Becker and Ortwin Renn from the IASS focus on energy consumption. With the right incentives, consumption can be reduced without creating problematic social burdens.
How can urban spaces be designed to strengthen active mobility and the amenity quality of places? Julia Jarass talks about her experiences and insights for the Weltverbesserer-Podcast.
According to the requirements of the Federal Climate Protection Act, emissions from the transport sector must be reduced to 95 million tonnes of CO2 equivalents per year by 2030, which corresponds to a reduction of 42 percent compared to 1990. This strong emissions reduction target can only be achieved through infrastructural changes and both technical and social innovations.