Next week the European Parliament will perform an important discussion in which several climate policies of great importance will be discussed, which will affect the future of the European Union, among which is the effective ban on combustion cars in 2035. Before this important event there are meetings in Brussels (and in secret) to influence legislation that puts black on white emissions obligations of manufacturers for the next few years. The National Association of the Italian Automobile Industry (ANFIA), which defends the interests of its manufacturers in Europe, has made it clear that does not agree that electric vehicles are the only solution to reduce CO emissionstwo.
Paolo Scudieri is the president of ANFIA and has spoken on behalf of the manufacturers of the transalpine country. In his opinion, the evolution of technology and studies show that biofuels and hydrogen could help meet emissions targets, and that not only electric vehicles are the means to achieve it.
These technologies could help decarbonize industry, fulfilling the same goals of emissions and preserving many of the jobs for which the automobile industry in Italy is responsible today. “I am referring to the tangible contribution that biofuels and synthetic fuels, as well as hydrogen, can provide,” Scudieri assured during the opening of the ANFIA public assembly, also adding that the Italian automotive industry is already doing large investments especially in hydrogen technology.
Biofuels and synthetic fuels, called e-fuels, are being developed with the aim of extend the useful life of combustion engines, which only require minor technical modifications to use them. An option that could prevent, at least in part, a widespread adoption of fully electric vehicles.
The main reason that Scudieri uses for not only focusing on the electrification of the car industry is the excessive dependence on the Asian producers. According to him, only in Italy puts at risk over the next few years more than 73,000 jobswhich are not offset by the nearly 6,000 new jobs that electric mobility is expected to generate.
Of a total of 2,200 Italian companies supplying the automobile industry, they will have to close their doors about 450. All those that have not been able to begin the transformation of their business lines to electric mobility, manufacturing new components that have nothing to do with their usual activity, will disappear.
The European Commission has proposed a 100% reduction in CO emissionstwo by 2035 in the automobile industry. This target is part of a larger package of climate change-related policies launched last year, which will make it financially and technically impossible for new fossil fuel-powered vehicles to be sold in the 27 EU countries.
Next week will see the start of the Debate in the European Parliament on a series of key climate policies for the future, including the effective ban on selling cars with combustion engines in 2035. According to Scudieri, among the different political groups in the European Parliament there is no clearly defined position, so “every vote will count: my wish is that our MEPs vote also taking into account the interests of the country”, he said.