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Environment Minister Lemke wants stricter rules for combustion engines - but Chancellor Scholz has the word of power

2022-02-15T10:06:45.428Z

Environment Minister Lemke wants stricter rules for combustion engines - but Chancellor Scholz has the word of power Created: 02/15/2022, 10:58 am Steffi Lemke: In the struggle for stricter rules for combustion engines, the Greens' Environment Minister has now suffered a setback. © Bernd von Jutrczenka/dpa From 2035, according to the will of the EU, only climate-neutral vehicles should come ont



Environment Minister Lemke wants stricter rules for combustion engines - but Chancellor Scholz has the word of power

Created: 02/15/2022, 10:58 am

Steffi Lemke: In the struggle for stricter rules for combustion engines, the Greens' Environment Minister has now suffered a setback.

© Bernd von Jutrczenka/dpa

From 2035, according to the will of the EU, only climate-neutral vehicles should come onto the market.

The Ministry of the Environment wanted to tighten the regulations - and now has to back down.

Berlin – In the dispute over the end of new cars with combustion engines*, the Ministry of the Environment, led by the Green Steffi Lemke, was unable to assert itself with demands for a stricter course.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) had spoken a word of power, several people involved in the matter told the Reuters news agency on Monday. 

Word of power from Chancellor Scholz

Accordingly, what the SPD, Greens and FDP laid down in the coalition agreement now applies.

This means that the EU's climate goals from the "Fit for 55" program should be supported.

According to this, the car manufacturers should ensure by 2030 that their new car fleets emit 55 percent less CO2 than in 2021. The

Handelsblatt

reported on this first.

Specifically, from 2035 onwards only climate-neutral vehicles will be allowed to come onto the market in Europe.

On the way there should not be any tightening interim targets for which the car manufacturers would have to pay penalties should they miss them.

The Federal Environment Ministry, on the other hand, had planned to tighten the fleet limits at European level.

It must now drop this project.

Dispute between environment and transport ministries

At the beginning of the year, a first dispute between Federal Transport Minister Volker Wissing (FDP) and the Greens was looming.

In January, Wissing did not want to commit to a coalition target of 15 million purely electrically powered cars in Germany by 2030.

"We want electrically powered vehicles, of course the hybrid is also a contribution to this," said the FDP politician at the Handelsblatt energy conference in Berlin.

When asked, Wissing referred to the coalition agreement, according to which there was only talk of electric vehicles.

But one should have the ambition to do as much climate protection as possible, he added.

The Greens traffic expert Stefan Gelbhaar immediately contradicted and referred to the necessary traffic turnaround: "In order to achieve this, we agreed in the coalition agreement on a clear goal of at least 15 million fully electric cars* by 2030," he told the Reuters news agency.

(rtr)

*Merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.

Source: merkur

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