The Third Vice President of the Government and Minister for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, Teresa Ribera, explained this Tuesday that Spain will support the proposal of 2035 as the date to put an end to combustion cars in the European Union, after several countries , including Portugal, Italy or Germany, have asked to delay it.
“Spain supports 2035. A group of Member States advocates advancing it to 2030 and Germany and Italy are not asking for an extension, but are suggesting proposals to make some aspects more flexible,” Ribera told the press upon entering the Council of Ministers of Environment of the EU, in which they will debate the package with which the bloc will update its climate legislation, called ‘Objective 55’.
The Minister for the Ecological Transition has highlighted that “there is no opposition to 2035” and has pointed out the importance of “sending clear messages” since a transformation is being considered for “one of the most important industries in Europe” and with “greater impact for consumers.
Thus, Ribera has branded as “decisive” betting “on industrial policy in this field” and supporting these dates so that European industry “can transform itself” and “accommodate the production model”.
In this sense, the minister has advocated “organizing production” and has pointed out that the brands of the automobile industry “are already in this transformation”, for which she has insisted on having the final dates clear.
In a further step, Ribera has put on the table that, in parallel, there is a debate on how fuels that are neutral in CO2 emissions or synthetic can be produced, a “secondary” issue that generates “discrepancies between some Member States”.
Last week, at an ambassadorial-level meeting, Italy, Portugal, Bulgaria, Romania and Slovakia presented a proposal to postpone the end of combustion engine cars and vans for five years, until 2040.
These five Member States propose an emission reduction target of 90% in 2035 and 100% in 2040. In the case of light commercial vehicles, they have proposed that the emission reduction targets be set at 45% by 2030, the 80% by 2035 and 100% in 2040.
Germany has also expressed its rejection of this deadline in 2035 because, last week, the German Finance Minister, Christian Lindner, branded the proposal a “wrong decision”, announced that Germany was not going to support the proposal to ban vehicles with combustion engines and regretted that the use of technology to reduce emissions is not considered. For her part, the German environment minister, Steffi Lemke, has indicated that Germany could support the proposal approved by the European Parliament if an option is added to allow sales of cars that run on “CO2-neutral” fuels.
The European proposal was approved on June 8 in the European Parliament, in line with what was proposed by the Community Executive in July of last year, which established that “all new vehicles registered from 2035 will be zero emissions”.
After determining the position of the Twenty-seven at the meeting of ministers this Tuesday, negotiations between Parliament and the Council will begin before a final rule is agreed