News Digest Item
15 Nov 2018

German truckmakers: new emission limits agreed by European Parliament “unworkable”


German truckmakers are outraged about the more ambitious emission limits for heavy duty vehicles adopted by the European Parliament, report Till Hoppe and Franz Hubik in the Handelsblatt. Industry association VDA said it was “unworkable” to reduce emissions by 20 percent by 2025 and by at least 35 percent by 2030. The lobby group’s president, Bernhard Mattes, said a huge technical development effort could yield a maximum 7 percent reduction by 2025 and 16 percent by 2030. Industry expert Stefan Bratzel, head of the Center of Automotive Management, said the 2025 limit especially was “enormously ambitious.”

For background, read the dossier How Germany is greening its growing freight sector to meet climate targets.    

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