The EU Parliament adopted more stringent exhaust emission values

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It was the big tug-of-war of the past summer: In the dispute through the introduction of stricter CO2 limits for new cars in EU, lobby groups, car manufacturers and the Federal government fought for – and against each other. Came out of a compromise that has now been adopted formally.


The dangerous carbon dioxide emissions from new cars in Europe should be reduced by 2020 by more than a quarter. A corresponding amendment has been adopted by the EU Parliament. By the end of November, the representatives of the EU States had agreed with the EU Parliament, after some tough negotiations on this compromise. Germany, in particular, had resisted vehemently opposed to the stricter conditions.

The now formally adopted the agreement provides that in the year 2020, 95 percent of all new passenger cars are allowed a maximum of emit 95 grams of CO2 per Kilometer to 130 grams in 2015. After 2020, all new cars must comply with this limit. The new rules, however, apply to the entire vehicle fleet in Europe. The car maker can, therefore, compensate for the higher CO2 emissions of high-capacity vehicles through the construction of particularly economical cars. In addition, the manufacturers can make vehicles with CO2 emissions of less than 50 grams a number of times your fleet count, by so-called super-credits. A way to exceed the limit legally, and without penalty payments to fear.

Actually, it had been in June, an agreement on the Emission ceilings. But Germany was the compromise of burst and called for a postponement of four years, and thus more flexibility for the auto industry. EU diplomats, according to German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) was, at the time, personally, to ensure that a vote on the Deal was postponed at the last Minute. This resulted in the European Parliament and environmentalists for outrage.

Bonus points to promote the construction of electric cars

Merkel’s push in the end were only topped by “minimal success”, said the Chairman of the EU environment Committee, Matthias Groote (SPD). This is not only good for the climate.It was also a “Chance” for the German car industry, its technological strength, more drive and more cars with the climate to bring engines to the world market.

The EU Commissioner for climate action Connie Hedegaard spoke of “achievable” targets. The most important thing was to use the technologies “available today”.

Also the transport club Germany (VCD), welcomed the new rules. Disappointing, however, is that the “Alliance of the Federal government and the German Association of the automotive industry (VDA), the” I have a deferment for the full compliance of the 95-gram target by a year, as well as more generous super credits. The German manufacturer would have to use this super-credits now, in order to develop energy-efficient electric vehicles.

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