Let's turbocharge the EU

Posted by Hugh Mouser — 17 December 2012 at 2:04pm - Comments
Activists from Greenpeace France hang a banner at the Paris Motorshow
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Activists from Greenpeace France hang a banner at the Paris Motorshow

The clock is ticking. From today we have a chance to influence the final EU law that could force car companies to produce greener cars.

This afternoon, Lord De Mauley from the UK Department for Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is meeting with environment ministers from across Europe to discuss a set of rules that could make a big difference in protecting our planet. And he could be a champion to making that happen.

But German carmakers have been trying to trick EU politicians, by saying that the EU's proposal would force them to make more electric cars than they could possibly sell. Not only is this untrue, but they want weaker regulations so they can wait much longer to make greener cars.

Greenpeace activists have been campaigning for VW to stop playing these tricks. Along with the rest of the car industry, we know they have the green technology to roll out now.

We’ve even got Volkswagen to admit they have a problem with their green image – but now we need politicians to take a stand.

Tweet at DEFRA today by clicking below to tell them to call for tighter targets to make car companies play fair. If we win this battle, we can help make manufacturers take advanced electric cars seriously, and finally contribute their fair share to getting us off oil and protecting the climate.

Electric cars should be compulsory for all, fossil burning cars should simply be outlawed. I can't imagine any possible reason why anyone would want one.

Electric cars should be compulsory for all, fossil burning cars should simply be outlawed. I can't imagine any possible reason why anyone would want one.

Well said Turfster.  Electric cars are fantastic, I own several :-)

 

 

Yes, electric cars is a step to the right direction. However, we should not forget how electricity that will charge the batteries of these cars is produced. If we use electric cars that get charged using electricity from fossil fuels, we have achieved nearly nothing. Alternative sources must be top priority and campaigners of electric cars should always bring this into the electric car equation.

And then we have to think about the car vs. mass transport dilemma, which for me is no dilemma at all. From what I hear, the use of a car in the UK has being getting cheaper and cheaper in the past 20 years, while trains are becoming more and more expensive. This surely shows either wrong policy decisions by the UK governments or perhaps (and even worse) complete lack of coordinated policy in the field of transport. Because who would seriously argue that it is better to continue putting more cars into the roads (and keep building more roads...) than improve mass transport services and make them more affordable?

 

 

Dimitris is absolutely correct.  Ideally we would only have mass transport systems, use of individual transport should be strongly discouraged.  I would like to see some kind of rationing system introduced to limit the amount of private mileage.  

you cannot change people if greener cars were free people would use them but sadly they are not. a electric car cost £30000 for that price I could buy a decent sports car I brought a 1.4l honda civic earlier this year cost £18,995 which is 12 grand cheaper than a greenmobile

my point is going green is expensive and the goverment are enslaving us to do it.

Dear Sodit.  You are right, we need subsidies for green transport to make them more economically attractive.  Ultimately though it will be much better when all travel much less, I would say that people should have an allowance of no more than 1000 miles per year.  This is the sustainable way forward.

 

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I hope this law will become a reality, it's for the sake of all of us. City driving had become unbearable  in recent years. More and more cars and less benefits for the environment, how long are we going to continue like that?

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