The EU Parliament is going to tighten the norms of CO2. The car industry is horrifiedSeptember 11, 2018
The Committee for the Protection of the Environment of the European Parliament has decided to tighten the norms of carbon dioxide emissions after 2021. The reaction of the car industry to this initiative was not long in coming.
There was something that was so feared in the automobile industry: the European Environment Protection Committee called for a significant tightening of CO2 norms in the automotive industry after 2021, but Maltese Social Democrat Dally made this initiative.
According to his initiative, by 2025, CO2 emissions should decrease by 20%, and by 2030 – by 45%. Light commercial vehicles will also be considered in this scheme. It should be understood that this is an average release across the entire gamut of models produced by each company. That is, if you want to produce voracious and less environmentally friendly off-road vehicles, you can compensate it with the release of subcompacts or electric vehicles to reach a given average level.
The Automobile Industry Association (VDA) immediately responded to the decision of the Committee for Environmental Protection. “The decisions taken absolutely do not take into account the technical and economic reality. The committee sets ambitious goals, but does not provide answers to the question of how to achieve them. Moreover, these requirements are contrary to the task of increasing jobs and employment in Europe, “said VDA President Bernhard Mattes. He argues that the set goals can not be achieved in such a short period, so such tightening will lead to the loss of jobs in Europe.
The expert of the Council of Clean Transport (ICCT) Peter Mock believes that automakers should not blackmail “green” reductions in the car industry, because in most cases, job losses are due to automation of production.
German environmental assistance even demanded a reduction of CO2 by 2030, not by 45%, but by 75%, and criticized the world auto companies, believing that they overslept the technological revolution and continue to focus on internal combustion engines in the old fashion. Despite the obvious environmental problem that is coming to our world, if nothing is done, automakers are making enormous efforts not to improve technology, but to slow down further restrictions on CO2 emissions.
The decision of the European Parliament committee must first be approved by the parliament, before negotiations with the member states begin, says automobilwoche.de. This is unlikely to be an easy thing, because countries with a large automotive industry, such as Germany, France and Italy, are afraid of job losses. But such work is systematically conducted, the “green” do not intend to concede, so the final decision on tightening emission standards should be expected already next year.
Market analysts believe that environmentalists will win this time, despite the fact that the capabilities of automakers are almost exhausted. And if the emission standards are toughened even more, it will inevitably lead to another juggling with emissions and, possibly, even more serious scandals than those that shook the world to this day.