Polish Briefing 4 October, 2018 9:00 am   
COMMENTS: Mateusz Gibała

Polish Briefing: The European Parliament for the new CO2 emission limit for transport

What goes on in Poland on the 4th of October.

The European Parliament for the new CO2 emission limit for transport

The European Parliament voted to reduce CO2 emissions from new cars and vans by 40 percent by 2030. This will also be the position of Parliament in a conversation with the 28 states of the European Union.

Keep balance

The proposed reduction of 40 percent was a compromise between supporters of the tightening of the emission limit and those who wanted to maintain restrictions within the limits that would not harm the car industry in the EU.

The EU countries will discuss the proposal later this month. Automotive manufacturers in the EU warn that too many restrictions will result in the reduction of jobs in the manufacturing industry.

CO2 emissions from transport are increasing

After years of decline, CO2 emissions in Europe began to increase after the demand for cleaner diesel after the Volkswagen scandal fell, and increased for heavier and less efficient SUVs. After introducing new tests, it turned out that the results of CO2 emissions were higher. Car manufacturers are protesting against lower emission limits, explaining that the sudden switch to the production of electric cars means losing thousands of jobs for them. They also add that consumers are not ready to pay for more expensive electrics without subsidies, and the infrastructure for charging such vehicles is still in its infancy.

The construction of Nord Stream 2 in Russia to start before Christmas

The installation of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in Russia will start in December this year – announced the technical director of Nord Stream 2 AG, Sergey Serdyukov.

– The Solitaire ship used for pipe laying flows from Finland to Russia. It is due to arrive in December – he said. However, he did not specify how many km of the Russian section of Nord Stream 2 will be managed by the end of the year. – Our goal is to finish construction in 2019 – he said.

Works on the project are currently being carried out in Germany and Finland. Denmark has not yet approved the construction of the gas pipeline through its territorial waters. Nord Stream 2 AG has developed a new route that bypasses Danish territorial waters. reported that the construction of the merger may delay the European Commission’s talks with the Russian side about the legal regime for Nord Stream 2. To this end, Brussels wants to obtain a mandate from the Member States to conduct negotiations on their behalf. The Russian side considers the Union’s actions to sabotage the project and does not see the need for additional talks in this regard.