Environment Minister Steffi Lemke told POLITICO the German government will abandon its plan to lobby for a key exemption in the EU CO2 van and car target law and officially roll back the mandatory regulation of only could sell zero-emissions vehicles from 2035.
The statement from Berlin will be made on Thursday at a meeting of EU environment ministers, and marks a major milestone for Europe’s largest economy, which has long opposed the pollution targets. severe contamination of the automotive industry. It places Germany relative to smaller, mostly wealthy nations that want to ban the sale of polluting vehicles by 2035 or earlier.
“The new German government stands behind [European] The Commission’s draft and therefore fully support the end of the internal combustion engine [for cars and vans] in the EU from 2035,” Lemke, from the Greens, said in an interview.
In last year’s coalition agreement between Germany’s Greens, Social Democrats and Liberal Democrats, the parties called for an end to the sale of petrol and diesel cars by the proposed 2035 end date across the country. block. The pact also includes a provision calling for efforts to allow cars to continue using e-fuels – synthetic fuels chemically similar to fossil fuels – after 2035.
But Lemke said Berlin would now explicitly support the Commission’s original decision to leave no room for e-fuel. The government supports “all elements” of the Commission’s proposals, she said, and calls Berlin’s willingness to accept Brussels’ plans a “huge step forward.”
“I would want intermediate steps and more ambitious steps,” Lemke said of her preference for strengthening the EU proposal. Instead, she said the electric car market could expand fast enough in the near future to make it “accelerate further” in banning the sale of new polluting vehicles.
The worry is that the sudden switch to electric vehicles – at the request of everyone from environmental groups to Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess – will put hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk. But experts say an exemption for a specific fuel is unlikely.
“For those types of vehicles that don’t fall within the CO2 standard – I always take the example of an ambulance, or maybe a tractor – you have to find a solution,” says Lemke. “But by relevant standards, that means new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles [with] internal combustion engines will no longer be allowed after 2035”.
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