Ecological transition - Cingolani: "It is better to modernize the fleet than to focus on electricity"

Roberto Cingolani go back to talking about ban on endothermic, reiterating its opposition to what was decided by the European institutions a few days ago and expressing its support for a proposal made several times by the representative associations of the automotive sector. In fact, the Minister of Ecological Transition spoke on a question in the Senate, to underline the positive effects of a policy of renewing the fleet in circulation: “We have 12 million ‘non-Euro 6’ vehicles, from Euro 0 to Euro 4, on a park of about 40 million, this only in Italy. It is clear that encouraging the passage of these vehicles to Euro 6 or hybrid at this moment has an excellent effect from the point of view of decarbonisation, even more than changing, if anything, the Euro 6 into electric, for those who can afford it, also taking into account the costs “.

North vs South. Cingolani therefore emphasized the contrast between the various member countries of the European Union on the question of the ban and, in particular, between the large car manufacturers and those without any manufacturing tradition in the sector. “You understand well that 27 Member States, including three-four are large producers (among them we) and others are buyers, also have different requests. We have had to find a compromise at an international level, because France, Germany and Italy, which have a large supply chain, they spoke of 2035 for cars and 2040 for vans “, explained the minister, then underlining that” those who do not build and buy, in some cases wanted to switch to electric in 2027-2028, because it is It is clear that for them it is almost counterproductive to prolong. In short, it is a complex situation – it is useless to hide it – in which compromises will have to be found “.

Renewable and hybrid. Cingolani then returned to a question of particular relevance for the pervasive adoption of battery-powered cars, the availability of green energy: “Even if they gave us an electric car, at this moment we would not be able to recharge the renewable electricity batteries. Technically it is It is necessary to increase the supply of green renewable energy at the same time as the demand for systems that use this energy. Green electricity is growing very rapidly and in any case it is a matter of a few years “. Another aspect addressed by Cingolani is the hybrid. “Let us remember that there is an intermediate step, of hybrids and plug-in hybrids, which in motoring represents a bit of the Darwinian link between man and ape and which at this moment should be enhanced to lower the CO2 produced per kilometer “. Finally, there was no shortage of possible dependence on a single technology, today essentially in the hands of China: “I would like to point out that the principle of technological neutrality, and we are pushing a lot on this, suggests two things. Firstly, be careful not to fall into the hands of a market that is not ours, so be careful that the park does not everything is based on it, so as not to be slaves to other markets. We are fighting for synthetic fuels, because it is a way to recondition a petrochemical sector, which has to find green roads. Biofuels decarbonise in 60 years and 90%, with the same engine “.

The negotiations. As for the now imminent interinstitutional negotiations at European level, Cingolani was clear in reiterating the government’s position on the need to favor a neutral approach. “We will insist and validate our ideas with numbers and showing that the right transition is not only based on CO2 grams per kilometer, but also on how much manpower and how much model we can convert, lowering CO2. No one is discussing the 55% target by 2030 or anything, we are discussing how to get there with technology neutrality. I therefore believe that these will be the arguments that should allow us to have our say in Brussels ”, argued the minister. “It is a complex battle, as was the one for the price cap on gas, to be very clear. We will do our best and the next Council of Ministers will be an opportunity to reiterate the need to adopt compromise solutions and to safeguard the principle of technological neutrality, in order to guarantee the appropriate transition, just and balanced with respect to the different but common needs of European partners, who must demonstrate how the ambition of reducing emissions and economic development are two compatible objectives “. In any case, “a continuous dialogue is underway with the Commission and the French presidency, aimed at clarifying how the Italian positions do not reduce the ambition of the proposal, but are aimed at introducing appropriate flexibilities that can accompany the Member States in the path of decarbonisation, allowing to achieve the objectives outlined by the provision without however creating serious stress for the production system, in particular for the automotive sector. At the end of the month we have the Ministerial Environment, the discussion is underway “. “I – he concluded – will do everything I can: then, you will understand that we are 27 countries voting and I hope they will listen to us”.

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