Expert: Germany should switch off combustion engines
The fuel nozzles can be seen at the gas station.
The fight to ban new internal combustion engines from 2035 is entering a decisive phase. Now the situation has escalated again due to the unclear position of the central government. Environmentalists are concerned.
Brussels/Berlin. Greenpeace is calling on the federal government to vote yes to the ban on new cars with internal combustion engines in poker games. Greenpeace traffic expert Tobias Ostrup told the German Press Agency: “It is difficult to imagine that Germany is driving the EU’s climate plans to the brink of failure because the FDP is being fueled by expensive and completely inefficient synthetic fuels for the combustion engine.” Save the engine.”
The federal government must adhere to the clear wording on climate protection in the coalition agreement and insist on an exit long before 2035. The date is too late to limit global warming to below 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels.
If the EU states agree on a plan to phase out internal combustion engines at a meeting of environment ministers on Tuesday, it will almost certainly come into force. Formally, an agreement has yet to be reached with the Parliament of the European Union. But she has already spoken out in favor of the ban.
“If Berlin does not vote for a ban on new cars with internal combustion engines by 2035, more will likely follow,” an EU diplomat told DPA. The “Sudetsche Zeitung” reported in its Friday edition that Italy, Portugal, Bulgaria, Romania and Slovakia had spoken out against the ban in a joint paper. “Italy wants a loophole for luxury cars like Ferrari,” said the EU diplomat. The “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” and the “Handelsblatt” also report on other countries that may not agree to the project and may stop it.
A dispute broke out in the federal government about the German position after the EU Parliament followed a decision by the EU Commission two weeks earlier to actually ban the sale of new cars with combustion engines from 2035. Environment Minister Steffi Lemke (Greens) had already spoken out in favor of the federal government in March – but now Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP) has questioned the position with new statements. At the Industry Day in Berlin on Tuesday, he said he had decided that the federal government would not approve this European law.
The core of the controversy is the use of synthetic fuels, the so-called e-fuels. While the Greens only want to allow e-fuels in certain sectors, such as aviation or special vehicles, the FDP wants standard cars to be able to be refueled with e-fuel in the future. Critics complain that synthetically powered cars are significantly more energy-intensive than purely electric cars and are already not enough for aviation and shipping.
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