News Digest Item
29 Oct 2018

EU ministers’ proposal to cut CO₂ car emissions by 35 percent “not mature” – union head

Tagesspiegel

The proposed goal by EU ministers to cut the average CO₂ emissions of new passenger cars by 35 percent by 2030 is “not mature,” the head of the metal industry union IG Metall Jörg Hofmann told Alfons Frese in an interview with the Tagesspiegel. “I can't imagine how this can be achieved with the timeframes for planning procedures in Germany,” he said. While more ambitious targets are good for the climate, “targets that are fakes from the outset because the preconditions for achieving them have not been clarified are detrimental to an ambitious climate policy,” he said. Battery prices are skyrocketing, and coal still has a large share in Germany’s power mix, making e-mobility comparatively CO₂-intensive.

Read the interview in German here.

Find background in the news digest EU governments agree to cut car emissions faster than proposed by Germany.

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