EU klimaneutral 2050: Erst Ausnahmen für Privatflugzeuge - jetzt teure Sportwagen?

11 Oct. 2021 06:00

The EU has announced that it will reduce greenhouse gases from the transport sector by 90 percent by 2050. A controversial exception applies to private jets. But if a former Ferrari manager and current Italian government representative has its way, expensive sports cars could also be exempted.

In July, the European Commission announced plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transport sector by 90 percent by 2050 in order to achieve the goals of the so-called European Green Deal. Passenger cars that run on fossil fuels such as gasoline and diesel and are responsible for around twelve percent of all carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the EU are to be completely phased out by 2035. From 2035, all newly registered vehicles should be emission-free.

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Particularly noteworthy and described by many as hypocritical is the fact that the European Commission, in its plans to reduce greenhouse gases in the transport sector, is proposing to exempt private jets and cargo flights from the planned EU fuel tax. Like the Swiss Trade newspaper Noting this week, Roberto Cingolani, the Italian Minister for Ecological Change, is pushing for an exemption for “supercars” from this plan.

Matthew Lynn from the British newspaper Telegraph has not good things to say about the European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen’s 2050 European Climate Plan, noted Trade newspaper. Lynn called the scheme “hypocritical” and particularly highlighted the exemptions for private jets and possibly sports cars. Lynn writes:

“If we are to set ambitious goals, we need to ensure that the burdens and costs of transition are shared equally between all segments of society. This applies to the EU, but also to governments in the UK, US and elsewhere . “

But like that Trade newspaper noted:

This is exactly what the Italian minister Roberto Cingolani is currently trying to do in talks with the EU – under the guise of industrial policy for Italian car manufacturers such as Ferrari and Lamborghini, which are lagging far behind the competition in electrifying them.

The number of vehicles that would be affected by an exemption would only make up a fraction of the total car market, said Cingolani. He means that the CO2 emissions of a 770 hp “Aventador” would not play a role because there are only a few people who can afford such cars for more than 300,000 euros.

And indeed: Lamborghini sold around 7,400 vehicles in 2020, Ferrari around 9,100 models. For comparison: the Volkswagen Group sold over 9 million cars in the same year.
Cingolani is convinced that his concern to protect the Italian car icons falls on fertile ground with his European partners:

‘There will be no problem.’ Or is it? The fact that Cingolani held a leadership position at Ferrari before he became minister certainly doesn’t add to his credibility.

When she presented the proposals in July, von der Leyen said:

“Our current fossil fuel economy has reached its limits. And we know we need to move on to a new model – one that is innovation-driven, that uses clean energy, and that is becoming a circular economy.”

The new climate initiative is arguably one of the biggest, boldest – and perhaps riskiest – proposals that have ever been made in Brussels. It aims to achieve the ambitious goals of the European Green Deal and to make the EU the first climate-neutral continent by 2050.

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