Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 34 n° 316

Do cars with clean combustion engines still have a chance in Europe after 2035?

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 7 giugno 2022

Berlin/Brussels/Strasbourg, June 3, 2022 – Ahead of the European Parliament’s decision on EU CO2 fleet limits, associations, petroleum producers and automotive suppliers have warned against a one-sided focus on e-mobility in Europe to curb CO2 emissions from road transport. On behalf of the eFuel Alliance, its managing director Ralf Diemer summarised: “The European Parliament has an extremely important decision to make next week, when it votes on CO2 limits for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. The EU Commission’s proposal aims to reduce CO2 emissions from new cars by 100% from 2035. Looking solely at the tailpipe, without considering the upstream chain, this is de facto a ban on vehicles with an internal combustion engine, because ICE vehicles always have a local CO2 value, regardless of whether they are powered by eFuels or fossil fuels. Conversely, following this logic, an e-car always qualifies as a zero-emission vehicle, even if it is powered by fossil-generated electricity. This approach falls short of delivering a comprehensive climate policy – we need a more holistic view of transport emissions. Only in this way we will achieve climate neutrality.” “47 million existing vehicles in Germany can only play their part in climate protection by using sustainable fuels,” stressed Karsten Schulze, Technical President of the ADAC. “Within the European Union, there are 330 million cars, and as many as 1.4 billion worldwide – with synthetic fuels, they could all drive in a carbon-neutral way.” E-mobility, he said, is something many consumers simply cannot afford, and a lack of charging infrastructure makes the transition even more difficult. “The gap between what was planned and what has been achieved so far threatens to become even wider in the future,” Schulze concluded. “We will not be able to electrify the whole world. Even we in Germany are struggling.” A ban on cars with a combustion engine would also mean devaluing people’s property. “But this discussion is not necessary, because there is an alternative in the form of synthetic fuels.” In recent days, 106 associations and companies from the mobility, technology and energy sectors had already addressed MEPs in a joint letter. “Where clean electromobility is the solution that meets consumer demands, it will prevail. Where it is not (yet) feasible, there should be a choice. EU employment remains stable with a technology open regulation while also providing affordable and low-cost solutions for vulnerable households and businesses. To reduce carbon emissions, the electricity and fuels used to power vehicles need to be renewable. Hence, the focus should be put on decarbonising the electricity and fuels supply, not on banning or promoting one technology over others,” the letter states. A 100% reduction in CO2 would de facto mean not only a complete ban on internal combustion engines, but also on plug-in hybrid vehicles. A target of less than 100% or the recognition of CO2 emission reductions through the contribution of sustainable renewable fuels would avoid such a ban.A voluntary crediting system for sustainable renewable fuels could be a practical solution that could be included in the regulation on CO2 standards for cars and vans. This would use existing structures for crediting fuels in the marketplace and avoid double counting. The crediting system would be a first step toward a more holistic life-cycle approach. It would provide a safety net for cases where direct electrification is not yet feasible, the signatories stress.Attention editors: According to current plenary agenda, the debate in the EU Parliament is scheduled to begin at around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7. The vote is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. Further information: http://www.efuel-alliance.eu

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