Date: Thursday 31.1.2013 - Friday 1.2.2013, 14:30
Venue: Heinrich Boell Stiftung, 10117 Berlin, Schumannstr. 8
The German car industry is a central pillar for Germany’s economy. It concentrates one quarter of Germany’s industrial jobs, and has the largest budget for research and development. Yet, the German car industry actually makes the largest part of its profits abroad, profiting from large or merging markets in countries such as China, India, or the USA, or economic areas such as the European Single Market.
In Germany itself, the demand for cars is stagnating. Nevertheless, the negative environmental impact of the car industry is still large, its energy consumption high. Efficiency gains through technological advances are reversed by increased utilization and consumption behaviour, a harmful rebound effect.
As the German car industry is such a large supplier worldwide, it has not only the responsibility to improve its ecological footprint at home, but also in its production abroad. To guide this process, it will have to be steered by the right political incentives and caps and goals have to be mandatory. At the same time, a frictionless functioning of the industry has to be guaranteed to maintain its crucial role for employment.
This tension is addressed in this two day conference, where representatives from the German car industry association will meet with representatives from the German Green Foundation.