France, Germany close to deal on auto emission
31 March 2008
(FRANKFURT) - France and Germany are close to resolving their dispute over EU auto emissions targets that could see a softening of the proposed regulations, a German newspaper report said on Monday.The European Union wants to impose a carbon emissions limit of 120 grammes per kilometre on all new EU cars by 2012, but Handelsblatt said that this may be pushed back to 2015 and that fines on emissions over this limit may be lowered.
Berlin opposes the plans as vehicles made by German firms like BMW, Daimler and Porsche tend to be larger, luxury vehicles with greater emissions. French carmakers like Renault and Peugeot on the other hand are more focused on the market for smaller -- and therefore greener -- cars.Source - EU Business
- It is a dirty deal - advantages to the car industry, making profits at the expense of global warming.
- Both countries attempting to weaken European legislation, which in turn,
- Indirectly soften the requirements of carbon emission from car manufacturers all around the world - including Proton and Perodua since both of the local companies market their cars to Europe
- This can have chain reaction to the whole world regarding CO2 emission standards
- Defend the objective of 120 grams of CO2 per km in 2012 accompanied by strong penalties, and an objective of 80 grams of CO2 per km in 2020.