Climate protection: automobile president warns of de-industrialization

Photo: Exit sign on a motorway (via dts news agency)
Photo: Exit sign on a motorway (via dts news agency)

Berlin (dts news agency) – The German automotive industry warns of deindustrialization in Europe if the EU Commission’s climate plans are implemented. “With this new project, the short-term massive tightening of the CO2 targets, Europe is taking a path that is too risky,” said the President of the Association of the Automotive Industry, Hildegard Müller, the “Handelsblatt” (Tuesday edition). The automotive industry is working on the transformation.

“But dirigistic interventions that make it impossible to achieve corporate goals do not go hand in hand without additional, painful job losses. There has to be an honest discussion about this, and politics is responsible for that.” If the EU restricts itself to certain types of drive or issues a multitude of rigid targets, “then at some point the regulation no longer fits together and massively damages the industrial location,” warned Müller.

She could not see “how the EU Commission wants to develop the continent into a lead market that combines climate protection and industrial policy”. This Tuesday, the EU Commission wants to present its concrete plans for how it wants to become climate-neutral in production by 2050. To this end, the requirements for the 2030 interim target are to be tightened.

The car manufacturers, for example, would have to reduce their fleet limit values ​​by half, not 37.5 percent, compared to 2021. “It is regrettable that the EU Commission evidently does not take into account the worsening economic situation in industry as a result of the corona crisis,” said Müller, commenting on the plans. The crisis is making enormous demands on the economy, which aims to be climate neutral by 2050.

“But we also have to talk responsibly about the capabilities of the various economic sectors,” said Müller. “We cannot arbitrarily tighten the climate targets.”