The EC asks to maintain the "technological leadership" in the automotive industry

The European Commission (EC) today called on the Member States of the European Union (EU) to maintain the "technological leadership" of the automotive industry, to the detriment of countries like China.

Madrid, Nov 22 (EFE). - The European Commission (EC) today called on the Member States of the European Union (EU) for the automotive industry to maintain its "leadership" technology ", to the detriment of countries like China.

This was stated today by the cabinet member in the European Commission, DG Action for Climate and Energy, Silvia Bartolini, in the presentation of the conference entitled "The future of cars in Spain", which has been organized by the European Transport and Environment Federation (TE).

"In the future, both markets that have growth prospects are China and India, since they have launched a very intensive policy, "said Bartolini.

" China has already established a quota of vehicles produced and imported by 2019 with the objective of having 7 million vehicles with clean energy by 2025, "said Bartolini.

Likewise, Bartolini has stressed that "Not all sectors should reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by 30%, each State decides where to make these reductions, which can be in the transport sector, in the agriculture or in buildings. "

Among the incentives that Bartolini has pointed out are those vehicles that emit between 0 and 50 grams of carbon dioxide (CO2) per kilometer.

"This incentive is technologically neutral and does not provide for compulsory quotas, it is a reference quota that each manufacturer must have in the market and, if the fleet more than 15% of clean vehicles in 2025 can be rewarded, "explained Bartolini.

The representative in Spain of the European Transport and Environment Federation, Isabel Büschel, said that the mobility package of the European Commission (EC) is a "missed opportunity".

For Büschel the proposal is "not very ambitious", as it suggests that they be reduced emissions by 30% by the year 2030, that is, "half of what is needed".

For TE, the automotive sector needs to reduce carbon dioxide emissions (CO2 Annual% to achieve the objectives of the EC, which sets a reduction of emissions of 15% by 2025 and 30% by 2030.

In addition, Büschel has said that "Spain has to go further, since the transport sector must reduce emissions by 26%, since 80% of emissions come from cars and vans. "

" With the reduction of 30% of cars by 2030, the standards would help reduce emissions in Spain, but it will have to be the national laws that have to govern them, "he explained.

Büschel has emphasized that "gas is not an objective, as it is inefficient due to its high cost to society", while saying that "all biofuels do not reduce emissions, as has been able to observe with the first generation, which have not yielded good results ".

" The best option to combat the climate challenge in vehicles is the electric charge, since Hydrogen has storage problems that have not yet been solved, "said Büschel.

The responsible partner of markets in KPMG Spain, Juan José Cano, has highlighted that "the automotive industry has experienced one of the best job recoveries in the whole Spanish industry", while emphasizing the "contribution made by the automotive sector" automotive to the Spanish economy, worth 87,000 million euros. "EFE

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