The EU has committed itself to zero pollutant emissions by 2050. It is a realistic goal that is achievable and positive for the economy. We have an opportunity here for the biggest transformation since the Industrial Revolution. Millions of jobs will be created and new business sectors will open up. Only, this can only be done with and not against the economy. One key to solving the existential social and economic issues lies in the development of mobility and digitalisation. Mobility and digitalisation development is one of the key factors for achieving the climate goals. Properly implemented, it can become a huge economic engine and driver of innovation. The transport infrastructure of the future no longer consists only of rails, roads, paths and bridges. It also includes an adequate charging and filling station infrastructure for the energy sources of the transport transition, as well as digital infrastructure and a fast, nationwide internet. The greatest challenge is to design the reconstruction and maintenance of the infrastructure in such a way that the costs are distributed fairly according to ecological and social criteria, and funding sources, and to take the entire population with them into the 21st century.
Goal-oriented planning and control of the mobility turnaround and digitalisation are more difficult due to the very heterogeneous and partly selective discussion. The conceptual further development of the social market economy through the ecological and digital challenges of the 21st century is a central effect. The mobility transformation is the absolute challenge, as mobility and digitalisation affect all concerns in the economy and society and are embedded both nationally and internationally. Thus, it is simultaneously subject to a multitude of influences and fears. Opinions on the development of mobility v.d.H. climate protection polarise between maintaining the status quo on the one hand and calling for a mobility turnaround on the other. Neither extreme can find clear political majorities at present. Therefore, parallel concepts must also be developed on how, if the economy is exposed to high environmental regulations in the EU and Germany and another country exports products and services at low prices because it does not meet the environmental standards, we react internationally so that the German economy is not sidelined. There are countries that have to answer for such behaviour.