Concrete proposals to soften the raising prices of energy

Published on 18.11.2021

The ACL is committed to ensuring that no one is left on the side of the road.

We are all involved in preserving the planet, but not all of them have the financial means to keep pace with the ecological transition. Individual mobility must remain affordable for the entire population. 
The Automobile Club of Luxembourg (ACL) keeps believing that higher energy prices will only increase inequalities between citizens. So that individual mobility for everyone remains affordable, the ACL invites the authorities to find sustainable solutions to reduce the energy budget of households and businesses by going beyond the measures already taken. 

A more sustainable mobility

Guest of the editorial staff on RTL radio, the director of the ACL, Jean-Claude Juchem, recalled that “25% of the Luxembourg car fleet is over ten years old, 22,000 vehicles are between 15 and 20 years old. If we want to do something in favor of the environment, we could take the decision to replace these vehicles which have an old Euro standard. But, if the fleet is aging, it is mainly because people cannot afford to change cars. Those in a precarious situation should be helped to change their vehicle". To achieve this, he proposes to the government to develop new financial aid for the most modest households who do not have the means to change their car for a more recent model without assistance and even less the financial means to afford an electric vehicle despite existing state bonuses. 

Among other ideas to be assessed, Jean-Claude Juchem also mentioned the possibility of creating a long-distance package paid to employees who have to travel the most to get to work. 

By adjusting their mobility consumption habits, everyone can also contribute at their level to cleaner mobility. “For short distances, it is better to use other transportations such as cycling, walking or public transport. For the ACL these are common sense measures ”, underlined the director of the ACL. In addition, one teleworking day per week also makes it possible to reduce trips by 20% over a normal work week, not to mention the use of motorcycles, which emit much less CO 2 than a car. 

A risk of widening inequalities

Today, a motorist driving a diesel vehicle consuming 6 liters and traveling 20,000 km per year must pay € 1,700 in fuel. Including maintenance, tires and insurance in addition, the bill increases by 1000 €, or 2700 € per year just to be able to drive and get to work. “This represents 1.5 times the net social minimum wage. However, 60,000 employees today work for the minimum wage in Luxembourg. If we compare this figure with the 77,000 cars in the fleet which are over ten years old, it is difficult not to make the correlation between the two, ”according to Jean-Claude Juchem. 

Despite the aid of € 8,000 for the purchase of an electric car, whose average cost is around € 50,000, it is unlikely that the most modest households will be able to make the transition to electromobility in the next ten years. The risk of growing inequalities within the population is greater than ever.  

The companies also concerned

Businesses also still generate traffic and carbon dioxide emissions. With more than 470,000 employees and some 50,000 new cross-border commuters announced for the next few years, there is food for thought for the ACL. 

The development of the function of Mobility Manager within companies is one of the paths to be followed. Its role of advising and informing its employees will help to change behavior. In addition to the Mobility Manager training, offered in collaboration with the University of Luxembourg, the ACL has also created the Fleet Association for Mobility (FAM). Its experts are privileged interlocutors when it comes to supporting companies in choosing their fleet of vehicles.  

The ambitious objectives of achieving a Luxembourg vehicle fleet made up of 49% electric vehicles by 2030 are now encountering many pitfalls that we will have to overcome together. It is only by supporting private individuals on the path to ecological transition with concrete actions that go beyond the announcement effects that social cohesion, environmental protection and economic growth can coexist in a virtuous triptych. 

There is still a long way to go, but it must be undertaken by uniting all the players around common objectives. 

You may alsobe interested in following article on the same topic : "ACL : Une voiture électrique à elle seule ne sert à rien».

Photo : © RTL


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