EU member States vote for stricter CO2 Standards for cars

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It’s an hours-long rings. At the end of the EU environment Ministers agreed to reduce CO2 emissions by 2030 to 35 percent. The Federal government could not enforce.



Wednesday, 10.10.2018
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The carbon dioxide emissions of new cars should fall to the will of the EU member States from 2020 to 2030 by 35 percent. This common Position, the EU environmental Ministers decided in the evening in Luxembourg prior to the forthcoming negotiations with the European Parliament.

The decision was much sharper than originally proposed by the Federal government and of the German automotive industry desired. Some of the EU countries he went, but not far enough, including Ireland, Sweden and Denmark.

The decision is for the car industry is of great importance. So far, in the EU, that new cars should not emit in the fleet average in 2020, more than 95 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre. From this Basis, the reduction is expected to follow (for a detailed analysis, see here).



Strict guidelines mean that manufacturers in addition to Diesel and petrol engines have to sell a lot of vehicles without emissions – so, for example, pure electric cars -in order to reach your cut. The Federal government fears job losses if the switching is performed on new drives too fast.

The Minister had negotiated all day about how strong the emissions of the greenhouse gas CO2 must be reduced in the case of new cars in the EU in the next decade. The aim is that the climate goals of the European Union as a whole and to press the emissions from road transport.

The EU Commission had proposed that the value of CO2 in 2030 in an average of 30 percent lower than in 2020. The Federal government, as well as some Eastern EU States. Many other countries wanted a cut of 40 percent or more. Austria, which currently holds the EU presidency, had gone with the compromise proposal of a 35 percent reduction in the negotiations. In this goal, it ultimately stayed, but with a few special clauses.

Schulze was at odds with the German Position

The Federal environment Minister, Svenja Schulze had made before the meeting clear that it was at odds with the German Position and also ambitious targets for properly. “I would have liked to see that we make more here,” said the SPD-politician in the Morning. But they did not succeed in this respect in the coalition and will be represented in the Federal Cabinet coordinated. Ultimately, Germany was the compromise late in the evening.

“Today was really, really difficult,” said Schulze in the approximately 13-hours of negotiations. EU climate Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete spoke of a “difficult birth”.

Well we could us now in Luxembourg on a reduction target of -35% CO2 for passenger cars until 2030. It’s been a long and difficult negotiations.

— Svenja Schulze (@SvenjaSchulze68) 9. October 2018

The EU argued, but many of the Minister of the environment differently – for example, the representative of Spain, the Netherlands, France or the United Kingdom. A fast conversion of the car industry in the competition with China is necessary and will create new jobs. The Luxembourg Secretary of state, Claude Turmes to handle Germany in the front: Merkel’s drive for the German carmaker “climate protection on the wall,” said former Green MEP.

After the compromise of the EU countries, a further hurdle is now waiting for: an agreement with Europe must be Parliament. The members of Parliament had spoken out in the last week also for a reduction of 40 percent. The negotiations are expected to start this Wednesday


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