EU agreed to German demands to scrap car emissions law

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 17, 2013

There was a plan for the European Union to require an average of new-car emissions at 95 grams per kilometer in 2020 but the EU environment ministers agreed to Germany’s demands to drop this proposal. Currently, car emissions have to be less than 130/g/km. Germany had reasoned out that reaching for this goal will affect jobs and hurt its premium automakers. Germany has been lobbying for this since several months ago. Last Monday, the ministers from the 28 EU member states agreed to reopen an agreement entered in June, but said they would aim to secure it in weeks instead of in months. The vehicles built by Daimler and BMW are heavier and are not as frugal as those made by volume automakers like Fiat.

This means that it will be difficult for German automakers to comply with more stringent CO2 targets. Last June, the EU governments and the European Parliament had agreed to the 95g/km target. This goal is equivalent to fuel use of 4 liters for every 100km (59 U.S. mpg/71 UK mpg). However, Germany has formed a group of countries that are supportive of its plan to delay the start of the implementation of this emissions cap rule.

The coalition is proposing that the law has to be fully applicable to all new cars in 2024 rather than in 2020. The meeting last Monday of EU environment ministers in Luxembourg permitted Lithuania to begin talks with the European Parliament to alter a preliminary deal made last June. After the meeting, German Environment Minister Peter Altmaier said that all parties made it clear that they are hoping to reach an “ambitious climate-protection goal” but believe that there has to be more flexibility.

He said that a solution is expected in the weeks to come. Countries like the UK and Poland were in support of the change of the draft. The June agreement has the support of ministers from countries that include Belgium, France and Italy. To be enacted, the draft law will have to be approved by both member states and the European Parliament. [source: Reuters]

Topics: europe, germany

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Login or Create new account to add a comment!

Recommended

Hyundai is making the green vehicle race more competitive by offering three powertrain types -- pure electric (EV), hybrid (EV plus combustion engine) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) – in one...
by - December 9, 2016
Although specs for the new Renault Megane had already surfaced several weeks ago, we didn’t know that the company has cooked up something new. Aside from the 200hp gasoline, Renault‘s...
by - December 9, 2016
For the first time in fifty-eight years, Infiniti registers its first US-Spec Q60 Coupe in Cuba. American products have not been allowed entry into Cuba for six decades. But it...
by - December 9, 2016
Chevrolet has already given out the pricing for some of its 2018 Equinox models. Not only will the new Equinox be available in both the US and Canada, it is...
by - December 9, 2016
Nearly all details have been set with regards to the upcoming market introduction of the new Jaguar I-Pace. Its production version was recently previewed at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto...
by - December 8, 2016
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries