EU CO2 targets.
The European Union has recently shifted CO2 emission reduction targets, caused by vehicles, from 40% to 35%. Germany’s industry association, the VDA, suggest this is still too high and should be reduced to 30% to avoid harming the country’s automotive industry.
Whilst the German Chancellor Angela Merkel endorses the reduction in the target, VDA president Bernard Mattes is disappointed that other member nations did not speak out to “strike a balance between protecting jobs and protecting the climate”. He also states, “Job security is lessened, and Germany as an industrial location has been weakened.”
Manufacturers are investing and pushing electric vehicle production, but a major barrier for people switching to electric technology is the lack of infrastructure. The VDA also commented that the EU government should take on more of the financial responsibility required to create charging stations.