EU’s stricter CO2 targets “impossible”, say automakers

Posted: September 19, 2020 by oldbrew in climate, Emissions, ideology, Politics, Travel
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Money to burn?

The EU pushes ever further into its climate fantasy land, where so-called targets can be raised at will and the victims of them miraculously obey, regardless of any real world obstacles like actually selling cars. It prefers noises made by teenage ‘activists’ to anything said by the wealth-creating vehicle makers. The bill for this insanity is now expected to top a trillion euros every three years. Where are such gigantic sums supposed to come from?
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The EU’s target to reduce its industrial emissions by 2030 should increase from 40% to “at least 55%”, European Commission (EC) president Ursula von der Leyen said in her State of the Union address.

That would seriously burden Europe’s auto industry, says Fleet Europe.

The cause of decarbonisation is better served by better policies rather than stricter targets, ACEA counters.

In March, the EC proposed a European Climate Law, which would make the goal of climate neutrality by 2050 legally binding, and which would include a more ambitious emissions reduction plan than the present one.

€350 billion

Von der Leyen’s proposal to increase the target from 40% to 55% certainly is ambitious. The extra effort requires an additional investment of €350 billion per year.

A part of that amount will go towards accelerating the development of cleaner cars and more sustainable energy generation (solar, wind and hydrogen).

But as yet, her proposal is just that – a proposal. The new 2030 targets will eventually be decided in a ‘trialogue’ between the EC, the member states and the European Parliament (EP).

By the way, the EP’s Environment committee previously advocated a 60% reduction by 2030.

The EC’s stricter emissions targets would have specific consequences for the automotive industry. They imply that average CO2 emissions of new cars in 2030 should be 50% below 2021 levels. The current target calls for a 37.5% reduction.

Full article here.

  1. saighdear says:

    ‘Nothing’ is impossible in this world – it’s our Oyster, especially if you can massage the figures. Given the history of the Motor Industry andEngineering, what have they taken out of this Eco Nonsense? Just a ong gravy train, Yes sir, No sir, 3 bags full sir. and what good has it done for us? Engineers should be ASHAMED of themselves: includes especially the Agri Engineers: -that they didn’t KNOW or hadn’t LEARNT, about CO2 and plantfood. THey are no better than the so-called Learned Professors getting us all confused about covid.
    Just wish that they would have put their foot down and told the politicians where to go and that the “wise consumer” did likewise. WHO is paying for it all?

  2. ivan says:

    More useless drivel from unelected politicians aided by the wackademics in their ivory towers.

    The way the EU is going I see the Fourth Reich emerging very rapidly and it will be much worse than the Third ever was.

  3. Curious George says:

    Ursula von der Leyen should suspend the Second Law of Thermodynamics. Wouldn’t that make a promising start?

  4. oldbrew says:

    Earlier this year, ACEA asked the EU to postpone its 2021 targets. The pandemic and associated lockdowns have saddled OEMs [original equipment manufacturer] with about 600,000 excess unsold vehicles. These conform to current emissions norms, but not to those coming into effect from 1 January. China has delayed its new emissions standards for the same reason, ACEA argued.

    Job losses

    So it’s no surprise ACEA is not amused by Von der Leyen’s even tougher proposal.
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    The Germans in power seem to want to undermine their own car industry. Total renewables worldwide can’t even keep pace with the annual increase in electricity demand. The green energy fantasy is a horribly expensive bad joke.

  5. BoyfromTottenham says:

    Is there no one in the German car industry willing to say “Nein” to these impossible demands, and explain the laws of physics and economics to them? I won’t even bother to ask the same for the basis of their belief that CO2 is heating the earth!

  6. oldbrew says:

    Carmakers Cry Foul as EU’s Climate Plan Takes Aim At Europe’s Key Industry
    Date: 19/09/20

    The EU’s Green Deal puts car makers’ ability to compete on the global stage at risk, Germany’s car industry association warns
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    Car industry employment is going to be butchered by EU climate diktats, the way things are going.
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    Mining’s unlikely heroines – Greta Thunberg and AOC
    Frik Els | October 30, 2019

    Exponential expansion of global mining is the dirty little secret – and glaring blind spot – of Green New Deal evangelists and zero-carbon climate warriors
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    Followed years later by mega-mountains of recycling-resistant waste. All brought to you by ‘environmentalists’ 🙄

    Demand for copper could go ballistic – see article (link above).

  7. pochas94 says:

    There was a time when we would have made human sacrifices to COTOO and lo, the sun would rise, the rain would fall, the crops would grow.

  8. Phoenix44 says:

    Far too many businesses went along with these fantasies for far too long, thinking they would just be a phase or they could profit from them – or they were run by people who believed. Now they want all the taxpayers and consumers who have been forced to pay for it all to feel sorry for them because they are in trouble.

  9. Gamecock says:

    Great news! My house value in South Carolina will go up some more. Thanks, EU.

    For information on where to relocate your business, see:

    We’ve already got BMW in Greer. Mercedes in Alabama. VW in Tennessee. In a global economy, you can only squeeze companies so much before they pursue alternatives.

  10. oldbrew says:

    UK is considering moving the closing date for sales of new petrol/diesel cars to 2030.

    Soon after that most hire cars will be electric, like it or not.

    Update: BBC backs the 2030 rumour.