EU agrees on tightening CO2 limits | ZEIT ONLINE

The EU states have agreed on tightening the carbon dioxide limits for new cars. From 2020 to 2030, the targets will be reduced by 35 percent, as the Austrian Council Presidency announced. Germany had campaigned for a tightening of only 30 percent.
            Germany followed the proposal of the European Commission with the agreement. By contrast, the European Parliament has already voted in favor of a reduction of 40 percent. Austria had introduced the compromise proposal of 35 percent into the negotiations. The current agreement of EU environment ministers still needs to be agreed with Parliament.
            Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze made it clear before the meeting that she personally also considered ambitious goals to be right. "I would have liked that we do here more," said the SPD politician before the beginning of the negotiations. But she could not enforce this in the coalition and will represent the agreed in the Federal Cabinet attitude. Ultimately, Germany contributed to the compromise late in the evening.
            The limit values ​​are average values ​​that affect the entire fleet of a manufacturer. With stricter specifications, the auto companies would have to produce many more vehicles that cause little or no emissions to offset the emissions of gasoline or diesel vehicles. The Federal Government fears that too fast a changeover to new drives will lead to job losses.
            Many environmental ministers – such as the representatives of Spain, the Netherlands, France or Great Britain – argued, however, that a rapid transformation of the auto industry would be necessary in competition with China and create new jobs. The Luxembourg State Secretary Claude Turmes attacked Germany head-on: Merkel drive in favor of the German carmaker "climate protection on the wall," said the former Green MEP.

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