Opel boss Karl-Thomas Neumann has attacked the infighting that is preventing progress on a new EU carbon dioxide target, and called on the EU to introduce a new system for evaluating the environmental impact of cars post-2020.
Speaking at a conference ahead of tomorrow’s Frankfurt motor show, Neumann launched a veiled attack on rival German manufacturers who are trying to negotiate exclusions from the 95g/km target planned for 2020.
"There are political games being played and we are at a standstill in the negotiations. It is time to stop," he said. "We need to stop talking about it and start working on it."
In place of the simple fleet average of tailpipe carbon emissions, Neumann suggested a new system built around sustainability and fair play. Under the heading of sustainability, he called for a system built around individual output of CO2.
He also blasted the EU plan to financially punish car-makers by a factor of up to 66 for slipping over the g/km limit by a single gramme, while leaving other industries unpunished.
"It also cannot be right that the lignite [brown coal] industry can just buy a certificate and continue on without a penalty".
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