The auto industry will have to adjust to even stricter limits for carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 if the EU climate target is tightened as planned. Then the CO2-Car emissions per kilometer will drop by 50 percent from 2021 to 2030, according to an internal paper by the EU Commission. The German auto industry urgently warned against further tightening at the weekend, especially since manufacturers are already in crisis.
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More than halve emissions of greenhouse gases in the EU
EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen wants to make a proposal for a drastically tightened climate target for 2030 next week. According to the “climate target plan” of their authority, which is available to the German press agency, instead of reducing EU greenhouse gases by 40 percent, a minus of 55 percent should be achieved, in each case compared to 1990. For this purpose, the commission has drawn up a feasibility study, including Numbers for car traffic.
To achieve the previous goal, it is stipulated that the CO2-The values of new cars should decrease by 37.5 percent by 2030. If the entire EU climate target is tightened, adjustments would also have to be made in traffic. “By June 2021, the EU Commission will therefore be the CO2-Review and strengthen standards for cars and vans, ”is the name of the“ climate target plan ”, which the Southgerman newspaper had reported.
“Auto industry overwhelmed, jobs endangered”
The Association of the Automotive Industry rejected the plans. “We stand by the existing, very ambitious CO2Targets for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles as well as for heavy commercial vehicles by 2030, “said a VDA spokesman on Saturday. These already required enormous investments. Further tightening of the targets would not take into account the dramatic economic downturn and the consequences of the corona crisis. This would take the auto industry into account Overburdened in Europe and also endangered jobs, argues the VDA.
Lower Saxony’s Prime Minister Stephan Weil made a similar statement in the newspapers of the Funke media group (Monday). “You mustn’t turn the wheel too far, otherwise, in the worst case, large industrial sectors and thousands and thousands of jobs will fall by the wayside, while the CO2-Emissions in other countries are increasing, “said the SPD politician, who as Prime Minister also sits on the Volkswagen Supervisory Board.
Displacement of the internal combustion engine
Environment Minister Svenja Schulze (also SPD), however, supported the EU Commission. With an increased climate target everyone would have to participate, she also told the Funke newspapers. “That is why the climate requirements for new cars must also be increased further. With the numerous and very extensive support measures for electromobility that we as the federal government are now providing, this can also succeed.”
The auto industry is in the midst of a difficult change towards alternative drives and more and more internet in the car. Medium-sized suppliers in particular are still attached to the combustion engine, which would be displaced even more quickly with ever more stringent climate targets. They are also suffering from the slump in sales in the corona pandemic.
However, environmentalists are pushing the EU Commission to achieve even more ambitious goals. A reduction in CO2– Values of 60 percent for new cars are technically feasible by 2030 and necessary for climate policy, explained the Federal Environment and Nature Conservation Association. It is also important that the information on fuel consumption – unlike before – corresponds to reality and is not embellished.