The European Union sets the course to bring up to 2030 is significantly more climate-friendly cars on the road. New car to then blow an average of 37.5 percent less carbon dioxide into the air than 2021. To the new CO2 limits in the EU member States, the European Parliament and the EU agreed Commission on Monday evening.

The German car industry is outraged – the Federal government had, in fact, want to negotiate a significantly less stringent limits. Particularly, The Association of the car in a Huff: mobile industry.

The lobby organization, even by a look, the car builders in funding from the state to the limits. “This regulation calls for too much and delivering too little,” said the VDA. No-one knows what can be achieved, “as the adopted limits in the allotted time.” Nowhere else in the world, there is a similar sharp CO2 targets. Thus, the European automotive industry will remain strong in international competition. Now, jobs are in danger.

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the European manufacturers Association Acea pushed into the same Horn. To deliver “a CO2-reduction to 37.5 percent, may sound plausible, but it is measured at the present state it is completely unrealistic.”

so Far, in the EU, that new cars should not emit a fleet average of 2021, more than 95 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre. From this Basis, the reduction is expected to follow. But even the current default for many manufacturers are still in reach: The European average was 118.5 grams.

The new requirements are intended to help reach the EU climate protection goals. Overall, around a quarter of all greenhouse gases in the EU comes from the transport, cars and trucks have the largest share.

defeat for the Federal government

The requirements are more stringent than in the auto industry and the Federal government wanted to do this originally. To provide you are only if, in addition to petrol and Diesel cars, more and more vehicles without emissions to be sold, so about pure electric cars. The manufacturer will have to change so quickly and warn of job losses. The European consumer organisation BEUC underlines, however, that low CO2 emissions also mean less fuel consumption and driver in the case of new saving seeds can save models, Fuel and money.

The EU member States, had argued at the beginning of October for a reduction in the CO2-value for new cars and light commercial vehicles by an average of 35 per cent by 2030. Germany originally wanted to only 30 per cent reduction, with wore decision. The European Parliament with a demand for a 40 percent decrease in the negotiations.

This went on for five rounds, until the Austrian presidency announced at the end of Elisabeth Köstinger on Monday evening the agreement. For light-duty vehicles as, for example, delivery trucks – provides for the compromise of a CO2 reduction of 31 percent. For this and for cars to be reached by 2025, respectively, a reduction of 15 per cent as an interim step.

“It was hard and very tough negotiations,” said Köstinger. “After the successful completion of the world climate conference in Katowice this is now the next important step so that we can reach our climate targets.” EU climate Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete called the agreement an ambitious and balanced.

The MEP Jens Gieseke was not satisfied that any further claims of the Greens came to fruition: “We need to have limits not only on paper but also in reality.” The Green-environmental expert Rebecca Harms spoke of a poverty certificate, but said: “This compromise is the Best of what was reached with the governments of the EU member States.”


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