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Anger over German stance on auto CO2 emissions

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Posted October 16, 2013
Environmentalists voiced anger Tuesday that Germany is seeking to soften European carbon emission limits for passenger cars to protect its powerful auto sector.

 
Employees of German carmaker BMW work on the production of the new electrical vehicle i3 at the plant in Leipzig, eastern German
Employees of German carmaker BMW work on the production of the new electrical vehicle i3 at the plant in Leipzig, eastern Germany on September 18, 2013
 

Greenpeace said “the European parliament must stay firm and reject Germany’s demands, which only serve to harm the climate, drive up costs for consumers and stifle technological innovation”.

Chancellor Angela Merkel has cited the need to protect jobs as she has opposed stricter EU carbon limits that aim to reduce the role of gas-guzzling cars in warming the planet’s climate.

EU environment ministers meeting in Luxembourg Monday delayed a decision on whether to tighten the limit to an average of 95 grams of CO2 per kilometre by 2020.

Germany wants the limit to be phased in until 2024, and to apply to only 80 percent of cars in 2020.

EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said he could understand Merkel defending her country’s industrial interests but said that in her position “you can’t afford to do that much lobbying every day, only once in a blue moon”, according to German magazine Auto Motor und Sport.

Germany’s luxury car makers such as Daimler and BMW tend to make larger cars on average than other European manufacturers and believe the stricter limits would put them at an unfair disadvantage.

Read more at: Phys.org

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