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Federal councillors around in the dirt, skidding to drive

Mercedes sedans with diesel engines, energy efficiency category E or F: Six Federal councillors is currently riding through the country, as if there had never been a diesel scandal or climate demonstrations. More: Alain Berset, Ignazio Cassis, Ueli Maurer, and co. will not hold once the legal environmental requirements. In the vehicle regulation, the Federal government is not that the procurement of cars in the energy efficiency categories E and F "permitted".

"If the market availability for a vehicle with a special purpose, exceptions must be requested", it means the Armasuisse, which handles vehicle purchases by the Federal government. The example of Doris Leuthard, however, shows that it also works without exceptions. The former environment Minister, drove from 2014, an electric car. Now Leuthards successor Simonetta Sommaruga has taken the Tesla. She is the only councillor that is in an eco-friendly car on the road.

The Mercedes sedans were Born in 2014 and 2016. The Federal Council , tightened, but in 2013, during the debate on the energy strategy 2050, the environmental guidelines for car purchases within the Federal administration: the Primary will provide the official vehicles of the best energy efficiency categories A and B. Purchases of cars in categories C and D must be justified in accordance with the Ordinance.

GLP-chief: the Federal government is "not credible"

the results show that not only the members comply with the requirements of the majority but also the Federal offices. In the last four years, they raised the car a total of 1685 Individuals, such as an evaluation of the Armasuisse. 754 belonged to categories A and B, about half of the cars (55 percent) was poor. Approximately 270 vehicles belonged to the categories E to G, although such purchases are not actually allowed.

in Addition, the Federal government bought almost only Diesel passenger car. In the years 2015 to 2018, there were 1612, which corresponds to a share of 96 percent. In the same period, nine electric and six hybrid vehicles were purchased. The Federal government wanted to just put in electric mobility focus: "There are good foundations are there, to increase the share of electric vehicles in the medium term," it said 2015 in a report that several Federal offices were involved.

stresses The Armasuisse, that "if possible, only vehicles in the best energy efficiency category is to be procured".

For Jürg Grossen, President of the green liberal party and the Association of Swiss E-Mobility, is the purchases the conduct of the Federal administration in the case of the car, "incomprehensible and not credible," he says. "To the outside of the Federal government to submit a green coat, in fact and in truth, this is dirty." In order to increase the pressure on the administration to submit it next week in the national Assembly a proposal.

The Armasuisse stresses that "if possible, only vehicles in the best energy efficiency category is to be procured". This presupposes, however, that in a certain category of vehicle models in a good energy efficiency category on the market are available. However, according to Large is no longer a Problem today. Even for Federal councillors there was not enough limousines in the most energy-efficient category, which fulfilled all the luxury criteria. "If the members want to safeguard your face, you need to replace immediately their cars," says Large.

As the First FDP reacts now-Federal councillor Karin Keller-Sutter. You recently announced the procurement of a new car in order. "One of the most important criteria is the energy efficiency," according to their spokesman.

(Sunday newspaper)

Created: 16.03.2019, 23:23 PM

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