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09 Nov 2017

Car industry will regret victory lowering emission limits – opinion

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Carmakers’ successful lobbying for watered-down EU car emission limits is a scandal that reveals the industry’s continuing hold over politicians – even after Dieselgate, Markus Balser writes in an op-ed for Süddeutsche Zeitung. “Within a week, the most important legislation for the sector in years was not worth the paper it was written on,” he says. Balser argues that in the long run, politicians are actually damaging the car industry by giving in to lobbying. “The risk of failure increases with every lobby success: Europe’s car industry could miss out on the necessary transformation.”

Experts told the Clean Energy Wire the new limits were insufficient to reach German climate targets for the transport sector.

Read the commentary in German here.

Read a CLEW article on the EU emission deal here.

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