Bosch demands more climate protection from VW and Co


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Bosch boss Volkmar Denner

The boss of the automotive supplier Bosch demands from the German car manufacturers more use for the climate protection. This is remarkable in several ways.

  Bosch boss Volkmar Denner has called for a greater commitment of the automotive industry to the environment. "The automotive industry can do more for climate protection than it has to," wrote Denner in a guest contribution for the "Handelsblatt".

  "Most of all, she should not be too close to him." It is not just about realistic consumption data as they were introduced with the new WLTP emissions and consumption test standard. "The more comprehensively we record CO2 emissions, the more effective the fight against climate change can be."


After lengthy negotiations, the EU states agreed on Wednesday night that new cars should emit an average of 35 percent less of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) in 2030 than in 2020.


The German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), which includes more than 600 companies in the sector, including Bosch, had sharply criticized the compromise. "Excessive CO2 targets" would weaken the industrial location of Europe and endanger jobs, warned VDA boss Bernhard Mattes. Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess warned of a downsizing of up to 100,000 jobs of his group in Europe, should the CO2 requirements to the car maker as decided by the EU environment ministers to be implemented.

  The plea by the Bosch boss shows that suppliers also consider a higher CO2 reduction technically feasible. The VDA doubts this: "The vote missed the opportunity to make CO2 regulation economically and technically realistic for the period after 2021," it says.


In the special case of Bosch, however, the statements appear explosive. Bosch is involved in the diesel scandal as an automotive supplier. The company supplied VW with software for engine control of the manipulated cars, which emit more dangerous nitrogen oxides than they are likely to. Several Bosch employees are under investigation for suspected aid. NOx, CO2 and particulate matter are among the most critical components of car exhaust.

  The CO2 limits are only one part of the picture, said Denner. Rather, "the entire energy chain from power plants and refineries to the vehicles" must be considered – "from the source and not just from the tank to the wheel," Denner said. "For the global climate is not just the direct output of the car, but also the emission of fuel and electricity generation."

  It is not about a decision between internal combustion engine and electric car, which are not far apart in the overall CO2 balance, wrote Denner. "It is time not to play one against the other, but to set the right levers on both sides."

  The Bosch boss also criticized the federal government for its exit from the 2020 climate targets: "This strange serenity in the face of a global threat seems almost incomprehensible."
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