We have reached an agreement with Germany on the future use of synthetic fuels in cars, European Environment Commissioner Frans Timmermans said on Twitter. It is about unlocking a key point of the European Union’s climate plan, concerning CO2 emissions from cars.
“We have reached an agreement with Germany on the future use of synthetic fuels in cars,” European Environment Commissioner Frans Timmermans tweeted.
“From now on, we will work to ensure that the regulation on CO2 emission standards for cars is adopted as soon as possible,” he added.
Volker Wissing, the German Minister of Transport, explained that “vehicles equipped with a combustion engine will be allowed to be registered after 2035 if they only use CO2-neutral fuels.” In early March, Berlin last-minute blocked an EU regulation that would reduce CO2 emissions from new vehicles to zero from 2035 and require carmakers to use only electric motors. The text of the regulation was in October last year. agreed between EU Member States and European Parliament negotiators and was approved by the EP in mid-February. The technology of synthetic fuels obtained by chemical synthesis is questioned by environmental NGOs, which consider it costly, energy-intensive and polluting.
What next for cars with internal combustion engines?
The regulations voted by the Parliament of the European Union are to be the way to the goal of zero CO2 emissions from new passenger cars and vans in 2035. Producers who do not comply with the new regulations will face significant financial penalties.
The ban is an element “Fit for 55” package – twelve legislative proposals to reduce CO2 emissions in the European Union by at least 55%. by 2030.
European Union postponed the vote on a ground-breaking law, originally planned for the first days of March, which would mean the end of sales of new cars with internal combustion engines in 2035, after Germany withdrew its earlier support for these provisions.
Prime Minister Morawiecki on EU regulations
On Thursday after the end of the first day of the EU summit Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki was asked about the meeting with the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz regarding the ban on the sale of internal combustion cars.
– I talked to Chancellor Scholz how to make cars with internal combustion engines, and not only electric, hydrogen or hybrid, be used after 2035. At your fingertips are technologies related to synthetic fuels, with which the CO2 emission balance will be appropriate. Work on such regulations is already in progress here – he replied.
– We are, of course, among those who strive to ensure that traditional cars can run as long as possible; We are looking for equal coalition partners – he added.
He also expressed regret that “there are no our own car concerns in Poland.” – This was the process of transformation, this is how it looked in the 1990s and 2000s – he added.
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