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2013-10-16 06:55

MAKING GREEN FRIENDS: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, accused of supporting automakers against emissions controls, and her Christian Democrat colleagues head into the second round of exploratory talks on Oct 15 2013 with the Green party on fo

BERLIN, Germany - Environmentalists voiced anger Tuesday that Germany is seeking to ease European carbon emission limits for passenger cars to protect its powerful auto sector.

Greenpeace said "the European parliament must stay firm and reject Germany's demands, which only serve to harm the climate, drive up costs for consumers and stifle technological innovation".

Germany's chancellor Angela Merkel has cited the need to protect jobs as she has opposed stricter EU carbon limits that aim to reduce the role of cars in warming the planet's climate.


EU environment ministers meeting in Luxembourg on Monday (Oct 14) delayed a decision on whether to tighten the limit to an average of 95g of CO2/km by 2020. Germany wants the limit to be phased in until 2024 and to apply to only 80% of cars in 2020.

Germany's luxury brands such as Daimler and BMW tend to make larger cars than other European manufacturers and believe the stricter limits would put them at an unfair disadvantage but such manoeuvring sparked media criticism.

"Daimler and Co can breathe easy again," said a commentary in German daily Neue Presse of Hanover. "Germany's biggest auto lobbyist is sitting directly at the levers of power. For years Angela Merkel has portrayed herself as a climate activist and for years she has prevented stricter carbon dioxide levels for new cars."

Industry expert Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer of Duisburg-Essen University has said the delay would hurt investment in cleaner electric and hybrid designs and bore the risk "that electric mobility in Europe will die".
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