In Germany, the idea of lowering speed limits and also a car-free Sunday is being warmed up in order to reduce oil dependence on Russia and even cut off oil imports.
Restrictions on oil imports are on display in the EU as one of the sanctions against Russia over the war in Ukraine. Restrictions on driving are proposed in Germany during the enduring war in Ukraine.
The Ministry of the Environment has calculated that if the speed limit for autobahns were 100 kilometers per hour and elsewhere 80 kilometers per hour, Germany would save 2.1 billion liters of fossil fuels per year compared to the current pace. The amount would be about 3.8 percent of transport fuel consumption.
Most autobahns in Germany have no speed limits, and many currently drive at speeds of 115 to 125 kilometers per hour.
The environmental administration and also organizations like Greenpeace have raised the issue of “car-free Sunday”. It was in use during the 1973 oil crisis so that the car was not driven one Sunday a month, according to news from the northern German television company ARD Tagesschau.
The means have been discussed for a long time and do not arouse mere support. Of the parties, the SPD and the Greens have cited driving restrictions as a means of adaptation and the Liberal FDP opposes them.
However, at least the government has not yet made any decisions restricting motoring, and it is not clear how great the proposal is.
Otherwise, the country has drawn up lists of the order in which the use of natural gas will be restricted if imports of Russian pipeline cease. Restrictions on the use of natural gas would have major economic implications, but speed limits on motoring are not considered to have nearly the same effect.
The Federal Department of Transportation points out that autobahnas account for only 1.5 percent of the country’s transportation network, but they account for 40 percent of CO2 emissions from passenger cars.