[Green Motor] EU limits for CO2 emissions should be reduced drastically

July 7th, 2012

The Commissioner for Climate Protection Commissioner Connie Hedegaard exacerbated by information from the newspaper “Welt am Sonntag” from 2020, which imposes limits on carbon dioxide emissions from new cars.

The latest draft regulation, the newspaper quoted from the obligation, particularly the German luxury manufacturer on ambitious climate targets.

The draft was prepared by staff of the Commissioner On Thursday at the ministries involved – passed – including those of Guenther Oettinger (energy) and Antonio Tajani (industry) and Siim Kallas (transport).

It contains a new key to take account of the average weight of a manufacturer’s fleet. The calculation method contains an equation with the factor “a”. This factor determines how much different the CO2 emissions of heavy wagons from the target value 95 grams per kilometer for the average model can. The larger a is, the less need to save the manufacturers of heavy vehicles also.

In the previously existing regulation that requires 2015 the reduction of the average CO2 emissions of new vehicles to 130 grams, was for a number 0.0497. After Hedegaard plan will now fall to the value to “Welt am Sonntag” to 0.0333. The value is derived from, among other things, that should be taken as the basis of the required savings in 2020 are no longer in 2009, but the year 2006.

Victims were in this case, only the German automaker Volkswagen would save an additional 0.5 grams, 1.5 grams of Daimler, BMW and Audi, two grams 2.5 grams The auto industry fought for information of the “Welt am Sonntag” the plan – with the exception of Fiat. So be had at a meeting of the relevant working group of the European association of car manufacturers Acea in June “in unison a lack of understanding” about the intensification of the key calculations have been expressed, the newspaper found out from among the participants. The industry demands, so far as the value to be set at 0.0497.

Fiat only see on the part of the EU Commission. Commission figures show that Fiat would have the only manufacturer to offer a significant advantage of it if the regulation is as sharp as the draft. Fiat would have with its fleet by 2020 to reduce CO2 emissions less than three grams of the previously valid value. For most other manufacturers the targets of their new car fleets to change only slightly. For Honda, Hyundai / Kia and PSA they even stay the same.

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