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FAQ: How do Emission limits come about?

The EU has tightened the limit values for carbon dioxide. Who sets the limits and according to what guidelines? And how much they damage the economy? Questions and answers.

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carbon dioxide as a major climate killer. Nitrogen oxide from diesel engines threatens the individual's health. For both worldwide, there are different limits.

Why are not governed by these limits consistently?

The has with different interests: The EU considers carbon dioxide to be the greatest threat, the United States, however, nitrogen oxides from diesel engines. Therefore, there is in the US, stricter values for Diesel, but less strict for carbon dioxide emissions.

In the EU it was a long time Vice-versa, because to widespread use of diesel technology. To the in America revealed diesel scandal in Europe. In the case of the diesel technology, there is tightening, and now new strict carbon dioxide limits until 2030.

the basis here is the climate forecast of the United Nations. Here, it was calculated how much percentage reduction in worldwide global warming to slow down. But this is only an abstract value.

Why not be determined, the limits of climate experts?

The specific value is always a matter of negotiation and cannot be simply prescribed in the world is mandatory. How and where is regulated, does not determine the nature of scientists and climate experts, but different interests, for which a compromise must be sought. Because unilateral solutions to society hardly likely to prevail. So it was in the EU.

The European Parliament wanted to as detectors close to the climate. Germany and the EU Commission did not want to be too strict. Out a middle ground came from. Europe's ambitious climate protection - that's why the focus is on the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide.

Are hard regulations at a competitive disadvantage?

The policy is determined by the needs of the respective industries to get jobs. A role in the determination of limit values plays in addition to the climate-forecast, the competitiveness of particular industries affected by regulations. Harsh regulations can be a competitive disadvantage, say the manufacturers.

environmentalists say that tough regulations are a means of pressure, in order to develop new techniques. The innovations are good for the competitiveness. Here, too, stand at the end of a middle way, a political compromise.

what now?

Because of the compromise concluded in limits and in a socially negotiated, and followed terms must be accepted, we agreed on the following procedure: In some years, the EU wants to examine what effect the new limits and how the economy develops. With the aim of, if necessary, repair. Up or down. This is again a matter of negotiation.

Emission limit values - how they come into being?
Andreas Meyer-Feist, HR Brussels
18.12.2018 15:37 PM

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