New exhaust emission regulations – “Switzerland must not become a Harbor for dirty trucks from Europe”, The EU intends to reduce the CO₂ emissions of the truck. Switzerland wants to join in. In the new CO₂-law is a built-in clause, which allows a weakening of the climate targets. Stefan Häne1 Kommentar1Wer emits more CO2 – the truck is from Switzerland or from the EU? A traffic jam on the A1 from Zurich-direction Bern/Basel.KEYSTONE

The EU has decided that climate targets for trucks introduce. Accordingly, the average CO2 emissions of the truck must drop fleet in the years 2025 to 2029 to 15 percent, by 2030 to 30 percent, compared to 2019. How high is the output value, so today the real emissions of the truck, measures the EU currently.

The Council of States wants to take this rule as the guiding principle of the former Minister of the environment Doris Leuthard, following the 2015 said, the Federal Council of wool to adjust the vehicles his policy “the EU-System”. The Swiss Federal office of energy (sfoe) estimates that Switzerland could save up to 2035 cumulative total of around 1 Million tonnes of CO2.

the preparatory Committee of The national Council requested a Change to the national Council from Tuesday will debate: The Federal Council may enact a kind of “Swiss Finish”, the output value for the CO2 reduction in the EU from that in Switzerland “significantly” differ. The Basis for all those trucks, in Switzerland, from the 1 would be. July 2019 to 30. June 2020, for the first time be allowed. Marianne Zünd from the BFE but says: “Currently, nothing suggests that strong deviations occur.” The truck in Switzerland would almost come completely from the manufacturers from the EU, would the EU regulation. to talk

Figures from the Hearing give

the case? Notes provides for a Hearing in the Committee on the Environment (Urek) of the national Council of of 25. In November 2019. According to information this newspaper car Switzerland, the Association of car importers at the time, put your Pay on the table, have interpreted parliamentarians as substantial differences. Car Switzerland does not wish to comment on the Hearing, confirmed that in the EU long-haul vehicles, so-called tractor units, the largest part of make up. In Switzerland, however, trucks with trailers are preferred, so-called trailer trains. The biggest difference in models over 16 tons total weight, In the EU, these account for 59 percent of the market, in Switzerland 37. Otherwise, the differences would lie in the single-digit percentage range.

The BFE, the different composition of the vehicle fleet confirmed. It remains, however, in the evaluation, it would show no large deviations. The data, stressed member of the Executive Committee Marianne Zünd, but it is still thin: “We are currently working to deepen the analysis yet.”

Spicy seems to be that the BFE has submitted a proposal to the Swiss Finish for yourself, as informed circles say. The Federal office is not expressed with reference to the Commission secret. Has lobby the car industry to be successful? What is certain is that For the importers and manufacturers of truck, it could go into the money, should the Swiss truck fleet of climate-damaging than those of the EU: “even small Slippages lead to high penalties,” says Zünd. Between 2025 and 2029 are per vehicle and gram of CO2 above the target, between 4250 and 6800 Swiss francs, beginning in 2030, up to 10’880 CHF.

“Switzerland must not become a Harbor for dirty trucks from Europe.”

Philipp Kutter, Nationalrat CVP

not The proposed “Swiss Finish” would be in the case of vehicles, the first of its kind., The new climate target for passenger cars – an average of 95 grams of CO2 per km and new cars, instead of the previous 130 –granted by the Federal Council of the local industry thanks to a transitional provision, until now, a longer period of time than the EU, namely in 2023 instead of 2021.

New request

The sfoe emphasizes, the new article in the CO2 act, could lead Switzerland to a deeper, i.e. more demanding target value – if, that is, the local fleet of trucks would “significantly” less CO2 than those of the EU. Because hardly anyone likes in the Parliament, but of faith. Rather, the fear that a less stringent climate target in Switzerland would make it to foreign truck companies attractive to put their vehicles in Switzerland in traffic – a scenario that Philipp Kutter wants to prevent. The CVP national Council, will propose on Tuesday to adjust the CO2 act accordingly. “Switzerland must not become a Harbor for dirty trucks from Europe.”

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