Denmark faces long journey to reach low emissions car goal

The number of electric and hybrid cars on Danish roads has increased significantly in recent years but the country is a long way from the target of one million green cars by 2030.

Denmark faces long journey to reach low emissions car goal
Photo: Emil Helms/Ritzau Scanpix

At the beginning of this year, 61,581 electric and hybrid cars were registered in Denmark, an increase of 142 percent over the last year, news wire Ritzau reports.

But the increase only represents 2.3 percent of the total number of private vehicles in Denmark, which totals 2.72 million.

The target of one million cars by 2030 was agreed in December last year by the government and left wing allies the Red Green Alliance, Social Liberal and Socialist People’s parties.

Although the overall ambition in relation to green cars is to increase their numbers on Danish roads to one million, the December deal secured a budget for 775,000 cars. That will be promoted by adjusting fees and taxes, for example by reducing the cost of owning a car with lower CO2 emissions.

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Denmark’s car industry expects the number of low emissions cars to increase further in 2021.

“There’s no reason to think that the positive trend in relation to the green conversion in car parks won’t also continue this year,” Thomas Møller Sørensen, industry director for the Confederation of Danish Industry’s car sector, told Ritzau in a written comment.    

“We are hearing from car dealers that new green car taxes, open showrooms and holiday money payouts all together are giving a belief that we can also expect a doubling of the number of green cars on the roads in Denmark,” he added.

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Swiss rail to close ticket counters in Zurich, Bern, Vaud, Ticino and Zug

Switzerland’s Federal Railways (SBB) will be removing the ticket counter from nine stations in the cantons of Zurich, Vaud, Bern, Zug and Ticino

Swiss rail to close ticket counters in Zurich, Bern, Vaud, Ticino and Zug

The SBB made the announcement on Wednesday, saying the decision was made due to a lack of demand. 

Instead, commuters will need to buy tickets from automated machines. 

In the canton of Zurich, the ticket stations in Dietlikon, Hinwil, Kloten, Männedorf and Oberwinterthur will be closed. 

In neighbouring Zug, Cham’s ticket counter will be closed, while the Herzogenbuchsee station in Bern will also go fully automated. 

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In Latin Switzerland, Pully in Vaud and Biasca in Ticino will see their ticket counters closed. 

The SBB told Swiss news outlet Watson that approximately 95 percent of ticket sales are now made via self-service machines or online. 

The advent of navigation apps has meant the need for personal advice on directions and travel has fallen, particularly in smaller areas or stations with lower traffic.