Germany Lobbies EU To Slow Implementation of CO2 Limits

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germany lobbies eu to slow implementation of co2 limits

After lobbying by Germany, the governments of the European Union have for the third time delayed implementation of carbon dioxide emissions targets for Europe’s new cars. The proposed limits would have been reduced CO2 emissions from new cars to 95 grams per kilometer.

At a meeting of EU states, Germany’s request to delay a vote on the new limits was supported by Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government in Germany would like to increase the 2020 targeted limits from the previously agreed upon 95g/km the equivalent of 59 U.S. mpg. Right now regulations permit as much as 130g/km.

Germany’s auto industry would like a longer phase in period, allowing automakers until 2024 for full implementation of the standard. Greg Archer, of Transport & Environment, an environmental advocacy group, said in a statement that Germany’s maneuvering was intended to give Mercedes-Benz and BMW a competitive advantage. The issue will be deferred to an EU vote later this month.

EU sources last month said that French automakers, Renault and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, now support the gradual phase in, having reversed their previous position under pressure from their German partners. While the French companies would have a competitive advantage under the new rules because they sell smaller cars than the German luxury marques, they are also tied to the German car makes. Renault has an industrial alliance with Daimler, Mercedes-Benz’s parent company, and BMW is developing engines with PSA.

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  • Felis Concolor Felis Concolor on Oct 07, 2013

    Why does the EU hate trees?

  • Bkmurph Bkmurph on Oct 07, 2013

    *Lobbies There, fixed.

    • DavidB DavidB on Oct 07, 2013

      Thank you, bkmurph. I couldn't get past the headline...

  • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Oct 07, 2013

    How about regulating methane gas produced by cows. IIRC, you could earn tons of greenhouse gas credits by becoming a vegetarian. Hmmm... Steak or cars..... steak or cars......

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    • Wsn Wsn on Oct 08, 2013

      @Big Al from Oz Chairman Mao had it better: just feed pigs instead of cows.

  • Big Al from Oz Big Al from Oz on Oct 07, 2013

    The Germans are the new economic might of the Eurozone. They are reacting no differently than the US does with the influence it exerts over the NA continent. Also remember the Germans are the worlds seccond largest exporters after the Chinese. The Germans want, they will get, but they have to remember there are many countries that will probably oppose ie, France. It will be interesting to see if the new US German inspired UAW supports these new Euro CO2 limits. Higher Euro CO2 limits will make them more competitive with US regulations.