Germany opposes a ban on the manufacture of new internal combustion vehicles in 2035

“It’s too hard a step for the people,” said German Transport Minister Volker Wissing, challenging the European Parliament’s decision, which is not final, and stressing that internal combustion engine factories create a lot of jobs.

“We want to allow the manufacture of cars powered by internal combustion engines with the new types of environmentally friendly fuels after 2035,” Volker Wissing was quoted as saying by DPA and Die Zeit.

The European Parliament on Wednesday ruled in favor of banning the sale of new cars equipped with internal combustion engines from 2035, but the decision will have to be submitted to the Council of the European Union for approval. An amendment to sell hybrid engines was rejected.

In practice, the European Parliament wants to enforce strict rules on carbon dioxide emissions, so it will no longer be possible to manufacture cars equipped with petrol and diesel engines by 2035. However, internal combustion vehicles registered until then will remain in circulation until at a time to be determined.

But the European Parliament is not the only decision-making body. The Council of the European Union, in which the Member States are represented, will decide by the end of this month on the plan proposed by the European Commission and objections will arise, so a new draft will have to be drawn up, approved by both the European Parliament and the European Parliament. by the Council of the European Union.

The German opposition has already criticized the initiative, noting that the European Parliament does not accept new types of environmentally friendly fuels. “The Green Party, the Liberals and the Social Democrats are unfortunately on the road to electromobility,” said German MEP Jens Gieseke of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU).

The former German government, led by former Chancellor Angela Merkel, refused in November 2021 to join an initiative discussed at the UN Climate Conference on setting a deadline for giving up internal combustion engines, with Berlin signaling its intention to develop synthetic fuels with extremely low emissions.

Basically, in addition to investing in hybrid and electric vehicles, Germany wants to continue to develop internal combustion engines, but by using low-emission synthetic fuels such as synthetic gasoline, compressed natural gas or biomethane.

In January 2022, the new Berlin government, led by Chancellor Olaf Scholz, warned that Germany was facing a “gigantic” task if it was to achieve its goals of reducing polluting emissions. Germany has decided to achieve climate neutrality by 2045. In the program announced at the start of its term, the new government has advocated for policies in the direction of technical, social and cultural “progress” in order to maintain international competitiveness.

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