Auto associations from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, and Hungary, have met in Prague to compare their responses to crucial European proposals for further curbing emissions of key pollutants. The future emission limits are clearly aimed at paving the way for low emission and no emission vehicles, such as electric cars. And that represents a radical challenge to the sector across the region.
Cars are reckoned to be responsible for around 12 percent of Europe’s carbon dioxide emissions. It’s no big surprise then that the European Commission is seeking more curbs on current pollution limits from both cars and vans in the near future. In a proposal unveiled in November last year, proposals were made for a 30 percent drop in CO2 emissions by 2030 compared with those planned for 2021. And to make sure there is no last minute rush to deliver those cuts, a midway target of a 15 percent reduction is being sought for 2025.
And the proposal also involves incentives for car manufacturers to start switching production to low and zero emission cars as soon as possible. Those car makers which exceed proposed targets for manufacturing zero and low emission vehicles, with the benchmark set at 15 percent of new cars in 2025 and 30 percent for 2030, will be rewarded with lower CO2 targets overall. The overall package is part of the European Union’s moves to fulfil its Paris climate change commitments aimed at combatting climate change. And it clearly comprises both an element of the stick and the carrot.
One of the manufacturing revolutions of the past 20 years has been the modernisation and tooling up of the Central European car manufacturing and components sector to now represent a sizeable force in the European industry overall. South Korean, Japanese, and US car manufacturers have also launched plants in the region and dozens of components companies have flocked in.