SOS: EU Urged To Put Economic Survival Ahead Of Green Deal

  • Date: 04/04/20
  • Global Warming Policy Forum

As Europe’s economies are in full lockdown, industries facing total collapse are desperately calling on the EU to water down or at least delay costly climate policies. In this crisis it is becoming evident that the Green Deal is an existential threat to Europe’s economies and the wellbeing of the general public rather than a benefit.

Eleven million jobs at risk from EU Green Deal, trade unions warn

EU urged to put shipping recovery ahead of green deal

The European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) said the shipping industry has to recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic before it can commit to a green deal. ECSA secretary general Martin Dorsman urged the European Commission to assess the impact of the pandemic on the shipping industry and “work on a recovery plan, before stating that the European green deal is keeping to its deadline no matter what”. [….]

Dorsman said it is “impossible for the industry to continue the process of greening the fleet, which was picking up speed before the [coronavirus] pandemic set in, should this continue”.

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Europe’s Car Manufacturers Ask EU Commission To Delay CO2 Emissions Targets In Light Of Coronavirus

Carmakers are requesting that the European Commission “delay the application of certain rules” relating to CO2 emissions in the wake of coronavirus shutdowns across Europe.

Several car manufacturers have sent a letter to the European Commission, enquiring whether “certain rules” can be altered due to the situation created by the coronavirus outbreak.

It’s understood that the request relates to the tough CO2 emissions targets that were introduced for 2020, and if their full implementation can be delayed.

The rules stipulate that the average emissions of all the cars sold by a manufacturer from 2020 must not exceed 95g/km, and if they do, the company will be liable for hefty fines.

Now, though, with car factories and dealers in almost every European country shut down due to government-imposed social-distancing and lockdown measures, brands are concerned they won’t be able to sell the cars needed to meet the target.

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Construction Sector Calls On EU To Delay CO2 Regulations

Six industry associations representing the non-road mobile machinery (NRMM) sector have called on the EU to delay the deadlines for CO2 emission limits during the coronavirus pandemic.

CECE, CEMA, EGMF, EUnited Municipal Equipment & Cleaning, Europgen and FEM sent a joint letter to the European Commission asking for a moratorium on the 2020 and 2021 deadlines.

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