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Compromise reached on vehicle emission regulation

Date: 02/12/2013 12:04:08
Category: Fuel Efficiency
Author: David Howells

A compromise has been reached on CO2 regulation after German ministers put pressure on EU lawmakers to scale back the roll-out, dw.de reports.

The initial proposal suggested that caps of 95g/km should be rolled out across Europe from 2020. German ministers, however, contested the claims and said that it shouldn't happen until at least 2024. Now, an agreement has been reached which will see the scheme implemented in 2021 at the very earliest.

Many of the complaints from German ministers originated from fears that such a scheme would hit premium manufacturers, of which Germany has a large number. As such, they worried it would cost jobs and damage overall revenue.

It didn't all go Germany's way, however, as EU lawmakers decided that 95 per cent of all cars would need to come under the 95g/km threshold by 2020, with the remaining five per cent having to do so in the coming year.

Manufacturers of traditional "gas-guzzlers" have been given a way out, however, in the form of "credits". Under the scheme, additional credits are offered to manufacturers for each low-emission vehicle they build. These can then enable the manufacture of heavier pollutants in the longer term. Not only that, the credit limit has been increased as part of the compromise from 2.5 to 7.5 grams.

Complaining of the wide-reaching Germanic influence, Greg Archer of campaign group Transport & Environment told fleetnews.co.uk: "It is disgraceful that the heavy-handed lobbying of Germany has paid off in weakening the 95g target.

"Still, this revised deal will provide much needed regulatory certainty and ensure cars continue to reduce their CO2 emissions and improve fuel efficiency."

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