Dioceses criticize survey on episcopal official cars

Image result for episcopal cars“Oberlehrerhaft”, “PR campaign”, “symbolic games”: In clear words, the two dioceses of Augsburg and Regensburg have criticized the published on Wednesday “official car check” of the German Environmental Aid and defended their non-participation.

One day after the publication of the church “official car check 2018” of the German Environmental Aid (DUH), the dioceses of Augsburg and Regensburg have criticized the investigation. At the same time both dioceses defended against catholic.de their decision not to participate in the DUH investigation on the environmental compatibility of episcopal official cars in Germany.

The Diocese of Regensburg described the DUH survey, in which the diocese had never participated, as “teacher-in-chief”. Above all, I see a PR campaign by the association, it is a question of moral courage, not to jump over every stick that is held to one’s knees, “said spokesman Clemens Neck. It was about “objectively, efficiently and cleverly protecting God’s creation, instead of harming the cause rather than serving with pretentious symbolic games”.

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At the same time, Neck referred to a BMW powered by an electric motor owned by the episcopal ordinariate, with whom Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer would always go on his pastoral visits, if the distances permitted. According to the diocese, the Regensburg ordinariate already has an electric car since 2014. Thus, the bishop is so ecologically on the road on the road, as it is possible at the moment.

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The diocese of Augsburg also informed on demand that they had not participated in the investigation of the DUH out of “fundamental considerations”. Although looking at individual selected vehicles may be striking, “but ultimately is not meaningful when it comes to the reduction of CO2 emissions in total,” said spokesman Karl-Georg Michel. This has been explained in detail to the environmental aid based on examples from the diocese. “However, the Foundation did not respond in any way at all, which ultimately confirms our negative attitude,” says Michel.

Diocese of Augsburg emphasizes its own activities for climate protection

Among other things, the press spokesman referred to the ongoing general refurbishment of a large office building of the diocese in Augsburg’s city center, which would save CO2 emissions. The building will receive the first refurbishment in Augsburg a certification for sustainable construction. In this context, Michel also emphasized that in the past few years, about 1.3 million euros had been paid by the diocese for the energetic refurbishment of buildings from a specially created special program.

Michel also pointed out that since 2014, the entire electricity needs of the diocese and its approximately 1,000 parishes have been covered by eco-power from domestic hydropower. According to the electricity supplier of the diocese, this would save around 8,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. “We believe that all these measures in the sense of the environment contribute more sustainably to the reduction of CO2 emissions than the more superficial view of the CO2 emissions of single, strikingly selected vehicles,” the spokesman emphasized. (Stz)