German Lobby Convince EU To Revise 95 g CO2/km limit for 2020 Cars
|   Sunday, October 20, 2013
The European Commission accepted the arguments of the representatives of Germany, and accepted a new project for the average emissions of CO2/km for cars produced in 2020.

Germany has managed to change the European Commission's decision to limit CO2 emissions of new models produced in 2020 to 95 grams per kilometer, a decision that would jeopardize numerous jobs in Europe. The 28 EU member states have decided to look for another solution to this problem, being convinced of the strong lobby run by Germans.


The current restriction on CO2 emissions at range level is 130 grams CO2 per kilometer. Among the arguments of the Germans are endangering jobs in the internal market and potential financial problems for premium manufacturers.

An earlier proposal of the representatives of Germany proposed the gradual and partial introduction of the new rules. This will make the restriction of 95 grams CO2 per kilometer by the year 2020 effective for only 80 percent of cars produced that year. The proposal was discussed with representatives of the German automobile manufacturers, who claim that the regulation sought by the European Commission would have led to higher costs, which would have required many years of amortization.

If the measure proposed was implemented, Cambridge Econometrics consulting company estimates that the European Union would have saved around 70 billion euro per year, on everything from reducing fuel consumption, to more economical cars pushed into production. An average of CO2 emissions of 95 grams per kilometer correspond to an average fuel consumption of 4.0 liters per 100 km. Some analysts say that the Commission's decision was made ​​on political considerations, and that the price paid by European consumers is too high relative to the benefit obtained by the Germans.

"It's an unacceptable price, which will be paid by every European driver in higher fuel bills, by the planet that will warm quicker and potentially by Europe's auto sector that will be less competitive," Greg Archer, program manager at Transport & Environment, said via Automotive News. "The deal struck in June was a reasonable political compromise. Now we go back to the drawing board."

"It was made clear from all sides that we want an ambitious climate-protection goal and, at the same time, it was made clear that in some places more flexibility must be sought and can be found," Peter Altmaier, German Environment Minister, told reporters after the meeting. "In this narrow room for maneuver, we will find a solution in the coming weeks."

Countries like the UK and Poland backed up Germany's call for a revision of the decision. Ministers from Belgium, France and Italy said they supported the June deal. The draft law needs approval from member states and the European Parliament if it is to be enacted.

Not everyone was thrilled at Germany's success. Sweden Environment Minister Lena Ek thinks the risk was that any further delays might push the adoption of the rules until 2015 due to the looming European Parliament elections in 2014, after which of new commissioners will be appointed. If so, Germany would bear "a very heavy responsibility".
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