If Greta calls, the climate young people in droves. In mid-January they demonstrated in Lausanne. And on 15. In may 2020, you want to go back on the road. One of the main allegations: The older Generation is living beyond their means, ruining the planet. A popular hate object: the old, white man, the baby boomers, the polluted with the expensive off-roader, the air of harmful CO2 emits and as climate change accelerates.
This model of thinking is not really the truth. The can now for the first time, according to an exclusive analysis with data from car drivers, prove (find out here how emissions of the CO2 in your community is). The basis of a database of the Federal office for roads (Astra) is. All cars are registered, which are registered in Switzerland. Are recorded, for example, the age categories of Owners as well as the CO2 emissions in grams per Kilometer of each car. The data of about 4.6 million entries in the passenger – cars are also a reflection of society. Show: In which Region of the people buy the cars? If you value performance? And who puts a value on eco-friendliness?
The result is clear: as environmentally aware as young people like to give, you are not – at least, this does not apply for young car owners in Switzerland. The average CO2 emissions of about 14 000 cars, in which up to 19 years old persons as Owners are listed, is 161 grams per Kilometer. That is, compared with the other age categories, the third-highest value – even if the differences are small. The division is carried out in ten-year increments. Just the car parks in the age categories of "80 to 90 years" and "over 90 years" have higher CO2 values.
"When buying a car many people forget their principles"
Erich Schwizer, mobility expert at the Touring Club Switzerland (TCS), believes that "for many young people who buy the first car, first of all, what is important is that it drives traffic is suitable and affordable. We appreciate that young people buy, therefore, often an older model. Older models consume more." In fact, the data analysis supports this finding. In the category of the youngest holding the inside a little more than two-thirds of all cars produced prior to 2010. All the other categories, it is only about a third.
For Micaël Tille, Professor of transport and infrastructure at the ETH Lausanne, also shows a "typical discourse", which is apparently also for the youth. Many people would say that you would make to the environment and to the climate – but if it is then go to the purchase of a car, "many forget their principles".
riders between 20 and 30 years
TCS-mobility expert Schwizer are best there, says that the barriers for young people are relatively high, to such a vehicle. For an electric car, you normally need at home, a charging station, so Schwizer. Anyone who wants to install one, but not own a house, own, must, for example, to convince the landlord of the need for a charging station. "This is specifically for young people a cost-intensive and time-consuming hurdle."
After all: To save the honor of the Generation of Greta is to be said that fewer and fewer Young make the driver's license – and that there is generally less of a grip on the inside as in the other age classes. And that gives me hope, Because the Generation of 20 - to 29-year-old car has the interior with just 155 grams of CO2 per kilometre, the best values.
This article was first published on 8. In March, the international women's day. On this occasion, we use – wherever possible – instead of the generic Maskulinums the generic feminine. For example: patients, instead of patients.
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Created: 07.03.2020, 22:53 PMUpdated Date: 07 March 2020, 23:01