German industry found a way to reduce CO2 emissions in Europe.
Despite the fact that Norway is not in European Union, they will now be included in the total CO2 emissions together with its European neighbours. The EU representative confirmed to the German news magazine Spiegel that the electric car in Europe will be considered in conjunction with the inclusion of the Norwegian market.
And since Norway is far ahead in the field of electromobility, it relieves pressure from the European automakers, who can face huge fines, if not reduce carbon dioxide emissions for their fleets.
Recall that in 2018 almost one third of new cars sold in Norway were electric.
This situation will benefit the automotive industry in Europe in the future. Since the beginning of 2019 vehicle registered in a country outside the EU, take into account the official carbon footprint of manufacturers for Europe.
At the end of last year, the EU took the decision to target emission values for cars in Europe. By 2030 CO2 emissions from new cars should be reduced by 37.5%. The goal is that by 2025, reduce CO2 emissions in cars and vans by 15%. New targets will come into effect in 2020/21 year, when emissions from new cars will be 95 grams of CO2 per kilometre on average.
Many doubt whether many European automakers to achieve these goals. In 2017 in the European Union (without Norway) CO2 emissions actually rose to 119 g/km — 1G/km more than in 2016. However, when you consider Norway, the figures will look a little better.
With statistics Norway “manufacturers will undoubtedly be easier to achieve our goals for CO2 emissions,” says automotive expert from the environmental organization Transport & Environment (T & E).
The effect of Norway’s small but possibly decisive
According to the Association of European automakers (Acea), the inclusion of Norway in the CO2 system is planned from 2009. However, the procedure was postponed and is not aimed at regulating.
At first glance, the effect of Norway is small. In the country by 2018, only 150,000 cars in the EU — 15.2 million. However, the average CO2 emissions of just 71 grams per kilometer in the country.
For car manufacturers in Europe (in particular Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW) even a small amount of the saved emissions can be significant: a fine of EUR 95 per car is charged for every gram, for which the manufacturer exceeds a fixed limit of the fleet. This means, for example, if Volkswagen will emissions of 99 grams per vehicle, instead the 98 grams, it will cost Volkswagen Group of approximately 380 million Euro fine. And, according to T & E, some manufacturers may reduce their CO2 value with the Norwegian coefficient per gram.
Germany produces three times more cars than any other country in Europe, but the Federal Minister of transport and infrastructure, Germany is still not considered a cancellation of internal combustion engines, as for example other countries, such as Sweden, UK, France, Denmark, Scotland and Spain.
Now a Northern country, not a member of the EU, which is leading the transition to electric vehicles could potentially benefit the industry — not only due to cleaner air, but may also saves German companies billions of euros. Let’s hope that some of the saved funds will be used for the adoption of effective measures to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from road transport.