After securing his cabinet mate Christian LindnerGerman Finance Minister, that his government would reject the elimination of combustion cars in 2035, the German environment minister explains under what conditions the measure would be approved in his country. As reported Reuters, Steffi Lemke said that Germany could support the proposal approved by the European Parliament if an option to allow sales of cars that run on “CO neutral” fuelstwo”.
“The inclusion of this clause is important for Germany in terms of our position and we believe that it can also be a bridge for general discussion,” Lemke told a meeting of European Union environment ministers, during talks to reach an agreement. an agreement on the law passed last week.
The addition of this proposal to the law by Germany would require Brussels to make a separate that allows the sale of vehicles “that work exclusively with neutral fuels in COtwoafter 2035. This proposal contrasts with comments made by Finance Minister Christian Lindner, who told an event organized by the German BDI industry association last week that the German government would not agree with the plan.
Lemke has previously said he expected talks on this EU rule regarding combustion cars to be difficult as it forms part of a package of ambitious climate laws he is discussing with his EU counterparts. These environmental laws are a key pillar in the EU plans to address rising emissions, as they aim to stimulate a general effort to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions across the Union territory by 55% in 2030, compared to 1990 levels.
On June 8, the MEPs meeting in Strasbourg in plenary session voted in favor of a 100% reduction in CO emissionstwo for new vehicles sold in the European Union from 2035. The measure must be approved by the governments of each of the member states so that it can take effect. This step should mean final sentence for combustion enginesbut can be stopped in the 27 parliaments of the member countries and the German seems to be the first to not accept this measure.
Together with Germany, which is now setting its conditions, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Romania they are the main opponents of the complete transition to the electric car. Each of them has their arguments to position themselves against the European measure and request its postponement.
With the approval of this law, Europe tries to banish thermal technologies, including hybrid ones, from the market and favor 100% electric ones, which are currently the only ones sufficiently developed to meet the criteria and deadlines set by this law.