Following the coronavirus epidemic, it could be the final blow to the car industry if the EU were to further tighten emissions standards. “We stand by the 2030 emissions target for passenger cars, light commercial vehicles and light commercial vehicles,” a spokesman for the Verband der Automobilindustrie (VDA), a professional body for German automotive companies, said over the weekend. Implementing this already comes at a huge cost, he added.
Further reductions in emission limits would completely ignore the dramatic downturn in the automotive industry and the consequences of the coronavirus crisis. Any further tightening would already exceed the carrying capacity of the European car industry and jeopardize jobs without a significant contribution to climate protection.
A VDA spokesman responded with a statement from the European Commission about its new plans, which became known to the dpa news agency. The draft was also reported by the Süddeutsche Zeitung. The European Commission did not comment on the information.
The EU is reportedly planning to reduce emissions from car traffic by 50 percent between 2021 and 2030. Originally, by 2030, emission values would have been reduced by 40 percent compared to 1990.
Environmental organizations have welcomed the idea of further reducing emissions from motor vehicles. Jens Hilgenberg, a transport expert at the Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz (BUND), called a 60 percent reduction in new car emission limits by 2030 “climate-necessary and feasible at the same time,” in a weekend statement to the dpa news agency.