Europe CLIMATE PLANS AND THE END OF THE INCINERATOR IN 2035 Combustion motorcycles, e-fuels, electromobility

Europe  CLIMATE PLANS AND THE END OF THE INCINERATOR IN 2035 Combustion motorcycles, e-fuels, electromobility

The EU Commission has presented a package of measures aimed at making ambitious climate targets in Europe achievable. The paper, however, raises more questions than answers. For example, whether newly registered motorcycles must also be emission-free from 2035. An inventory beyond whitewashing and black painting.

The whole thing was announced, but then many were completely surprised. The EU Commission had already presented the "Green Deal" in December 2019, which aims to transform Europe into the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. With the European Climate Law, which came into force in the same month, the EU's commitment to climate neutrality was implemented in binding law. Likewise, the interim goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 55 percent by 2030 compared to 1990 levels.

Aviation, shipping, road transport

In mid-July 2021, the EU Commission presented what the "realignment of economy and society" (interview) would have to look like in order to achieve the European climate targets. And everyone is challenged: industry, energy generation, agriculture, building renovation and of course traffic. For example, the Commission proposes that the free emissions certificates for aviation be phased out and that shipping be included in the EU emissions trading system for the first time. And the road traffic? According to the EU plan, stricter CO2 emission limits for new cars and light commercial vehicles - currently 95 g / km and 147 g / km - are to promote emission-free road traffic, since from 2030 the average annual CO2 emissions from new vehicles will have to be 55 percent lower than in 2021 and has to decrease to zero from 2035.

Motorcycles in the CO2 crosshairs in Austria

In contrast, in the "Mobility Master Plan 2030" of the Austrian Federal Government. It wants to turn the CO2 screw even faster and, by 2030 at the latest, only allow emission-free cars, light commercial vehicles and, explicitly, motorcycles. Karin Munk from the umbrella association of Austrian two-wheel importers and the two-wheel industry (Arge2.Rad) says: "Apart from the EU requirements, every member state can set more ambitious data." The Arge2Rad believe that motorcycles and cars should not be lumped together under any circumstances. "The average mileage of a single-track vehicle is only around 40 percent of that of a car," says Munk. "In addition, motorcycles, light motorcycles and scooters emit up to three quarters less CO2 than cars."

That's right: a Porsche Cayenne Coupé 3.0, for example, easily swallows 12.2 l / 100 km, while a Honda NC 750 X is content with 3.2 l / 100 km. An Aprilia Tuono V4 Factory consumes 7.1 l / 100 km. It seems that sparrows are being shot with cannons, if you take the motorcycles into the CO2 crosshairs. In addition, there are currently no CO2 limit values ​​for two-wheelers that can be undercut. These could not be introduced before the second stage of the Euro 5 standard in 2025 at the earliest.

The package of measures of the EU Commission also provides that the "member states expand the charging capacity in accordance with the sales volumes of emission-free vehicles and install tank and charging stations along the major roads at regular intervals, every 60 kilometers for charging electric vehicles and every 150 Kilometers for refueling with hydrogen ". But what, please, is off the beaten track like on alpine roads or on flat land like the Estremadura in Spain? And where should the electricity for e-vehicles and fuel cell trucks come from? Sure - from renewable energies. Their share in electricity generation is to increase to 40 percent by 2030, according to the wish of the EU. And at what price? Nowhere in Europe do consumers pay such high household electricity prices as in Germany: Germans take the top spot with 30.4 cents / kWh - 53 percent of this is due to taxes and duties. Only in second-placed Denmark (28.33 C / kWh) do residents pay more taxes and duties (66 percent) on electricity.

And in Germany, at least the expansion of wind power is currently not enough to achieve the climate targets. Although significantly more wind turbines with an output of 971 megawatts were added in the first half of the year with 240 new wind turbines, the numbers only sound good at first glance. Because in the same period 135 plants with a capacity of 140 megawatts were shut down. For the year as a whole, industry associations are expecting additional capacity of 2.2 to 2.4 gigawatts - in the peak years 2014 to 2017 this was between 3.5 and 4.9 gigawatts per year. The expansion of offshore plants is also stalling. Long planning and approval procedures, insufficiently designated areas and many lawsuits are hampering construction both on land and at sea. It is undisputed that more electricity from wind power is needed.

Europe  CLIMATE PLANS AND THE END OF THE INCINERATOR IN 2035 Combustion motorcycles, e-fuels, electromobility

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