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Yearly on New 12 months’s Eve, Germans watch a sketch with the catchphrase “the identical process as final yr” — most likely to remind one another that, it doesn’t matter what occurs, some issues simply keep the identical.

On Friday (9 February), EU ambassadors adopted the brand new CO2 requirements for heavy-duty automobiles, following a three-day row the place Germany risked thwarting the bulk.

After beforehand supporting the deal, liberal FDP (Renew), a part of Germany’s three-party ruling coalition, blocked the settlement (and with out Germany, no ample majority was anticipated).

What adopted was a short-lived interval, resembling the similar process final yr, the place Transport Minister Volker Wissing (FDP) blocked the de-facto ban for combustion engine vehicles as of 2035.

“The identical process as final yr, Mr. Wissing?” — “The identical process as yearly, Ursula,” to barely adapt the sketch.

The exact same settlement was struck, which commits the Fee to creating a brand new class of “e-fuels-only” vans, which can proceed to be allowed even after 2040.

On public TV, Wissing justified his last-minute intervention with the necessity to create “planning safety for e-fuels”, which is humorous as a result of his very personal ministry had just some weeks in the past introduced some vital funding cuts for e-fuels.

Planning certainty for e-fuels is certainly essential, as Europe is at present unable to provide sufficient e-fuels even to fulfill its inexperienced aviation targets. However possibly subsequent time, Wissing ought to begin together with his personal homework?

– Jonathan Packroff

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[Edited by Zoran Radosavljevic]

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