By Nele Obermueller
Like several countries in Europe, Germany has an air pollution problem. Toxic air here kills an estimated 80,000 people per year, according to the European Environment Agency. By comparison, just under 3,200 people died in road traffic accidents in Germany in 2017.
Following a court ruling in October, Berlin will have to impose a diesel ban in order to cut down air pollution. The ban is set to come into effect in July 2019 and will prohibit most diesel vehicles from driving on 11 of the city’s most highly polluted road sections. Yet despite the looming ban, the BVG recently ordered 200 new diesel buses.
We spoke to Daniel Hesse, who heads the electric bus program at BVG, and Martin Lutz, who oversees Berlin’s air quality for the Senate Department for Environment, Transport and Climate Protection to find out what the city and the BVG are doing to improve air quality in Berlin.
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