is diesel summit the last chance for germanys favourite engine
Last Updated : GMT 09:03:51
Almaghrib Today, almaghrib today
Almaghrib Today, almaghrib today
Last Updated : GMT 09:03:51
Almaghrib Today, almaghrib today

Is 'diesel summit' the last chance for Germany's favourite engine?

Almaghrib Today, almaghrib today

Almaghrib Today, almaghrib today Is 'diesel summit' the last chance for Germany's favourite engine?

The "national diesel forum" takes place in Berlin on Wednesday amid renewed suspicions of emissions-fixing and a clamour for diesel-powered vehicle
Berlin - Al Maghrib Today

Germany hosts a debate on the future of diesel engines next week as pressure grows on the government and automakers to curb or ditch a technology tarred by a reputation for pollution and cheating.

The "national diesel forum" takes place in Berlin on Wednesday amid renewed suspicions of emissions-fixing and a clamour for diesel-powered vehicles to be banned from cities to reduce pollution.

"The reputation of cars 'made in Germany' risk being damaged and that's something that would be dreadful," said Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt in an interview with Bild daily.

"The automobile industry has driven itself into difficult territory" ... and it "has a responsibility to win back trust," he added.

With its engineering prowess, profitability and role as an employment powerhouse, the car sector traditionally wields massive political clout in Germany.

But both parties in the governing coalition, the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) led by Martin Schulz and Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU/CSU), are keeping the industry at arm's length as September parliamentary elections loom.

"Mrs Merkel is trying to calm things down before the elections, that's the main reason for this summit," Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer of the CAR automobile research centre told ARD public television.

Breaking with a political habit of cosying up to carmakers -- which provide more than 800,000 jobs in Germany's largest industrial sector -- Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks said Thursday that overfamiliarity had been a mistake, as it allowed company bosses to believe they were untouchable.

- 'In danger' -

Hendricks and Dobrindt will lead a summit packed with carmakers active in Germany, including VW with its Audi and Porsche subsidiaries, Mercedes-Benz maker Daimler, BMW, Opel and Ford, whose European HQ stands in Cologne.

On Thursday, Dobrindt ordered Porsche to recall 22,000 vehicles across Europe after what he called "illegal" software disguising the true level of emissions had been discovered in its Cayenne and Macan models.

Because the affected models are still being manufactured, the government will also deny any permits for the vehicles "until new software is available," he said.

The VDA auto industry federation, the car importers' association VDIK, powerful trade union IG Metall and the local and regional governments most affected by air pollution are all invited to Wednesday's talks.
SPD lawmaker Johannes Kahrs took Merkel to task over her absence at the meeting.

"When millions of diesel engines have been manipulated, and one of the biggest industries of the country is in danger, the chancellor should be present at the diesel summit," he told business weekly Handelsblatt.

- 'Anything but a ban' -

Topping the agenda at the talks will be the task of reducing air pollution from diesel technology.

But Dudenhoeffer expects nothing but a "pretend solution" that will not go far enough. Consumer and environmental organisations are meanwhile incensed that they have not been invited.

Even so, widening public concern about pollution provides a powerful spur for the auto industry to rethink its commitment to diesel.

Germany has already been warned by the European Commission about its bad air quality. On Friday, a court in Stuttgart, the home of Mercedes-Benz and Porsche, found that a ban on older diesel vehicles would be the most effective way of reducing the pollution and protecting public health.

Such restrictions could be a massive blow to those using the cars, which make up around one-third of the total on German roads.

The Stuttgart ruling also piles pressure on politicians to abandon their support for a voluntary approach by the car industry to fix the problem.

Other countries have announced drastic measures -- even if implementation remains decades away.
Both Britain and France will stop sales of fossil-fuel vehicles from 2040, but the move appears extremely unlikely in Germany, which has deep historic connections to diesel.

The technology can be traced to a German inventor, Rudolf Diesel, in the 1890s.

Part of the problem is that some foreign manufacturers invested heavily on hybrid or all-electric vehicles to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, but Germany's car industry largely bet on diesel.

The fuel contributes less climate-altering carbon dioxide (CO2) gas than petrol-burning motors. But it emits more NOx, which contributes to the formation of harmful smog, as well as fine particules that can hurt respiratory and cardiac health.

Source: AFP

almaghribtoday
almaghribtoday

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

is diesel summit the last chance for germanys favourite engine is diesel summit the last chance for germanys favourite engine

 



Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

is diesel summit the last chance for germanys favourite engine is diesel summit the last chance for germanys favourite engine

 



Almaghrib Today, almaghrib today Skincare PR Performance Full Year 2017

GMT 09:22 2018 Monday ,22 January

Skincare PR Performance Full Year 2017
Almaghrib Today, almaghrib today New hunt for flight MH370 gets under way

GMT 11:03 2018 Wednesday ,24 January

New hunt for flight MH370 gets under way
Almaghrib Today, almaghrib today Modern colorful bedroom renovation

GMT 10:57 2017 Thursday ,21 December

Modern colorful bedroom renovation
Almaghrib Today, almaghrib today Puigdemont candidate for Catalan president

GMT 13:56 2018 Tuesday ,23 January

Puigdemont candidate for Catalan president
Almaghrib Today, almaghrib today Turkey detains dozens more

GMT 10:47 2018 Wednesday ,24 January

Turkey detains dozens more
Almaghrib Today, almaghrib today The Rake announces editorial updates

GMT 10:46 2018 Tuesday ,16 January

The Rake announces editorial updates
Almaghrib Today, almaghrib today Europe brings on charm and blue skies

GMT 11:51 2018 Tuesday ,23 January

Europe brings on charm and blue skies
Almaghrib Today, almaghrib today For the Variety of Interior Design Styles

GMT 10:46 2017 Tuesday ,19 December

For the Variety of Interior Design Styles
Almaghrib Today, almaghrib today US Christian tourists see deep meaning

GMT 13:44 2018 Monday ,22 January

US Christian tourists see deep meaning
Almaghrib Today, almaghrib today Amazon to open first cashierless shop

GMT 10:03 2018 Tuesday ,23 January

Amazon to open first cashierless shop

GMT 09:47 2018 Tuesday ,23 January

To 'eternal style' of late Alaia

GMT 16:26 2018 Friday ,31 August

First Paris attacks feature film shown at Venice

GMT 18:33 2018 Tuesday ,23 January

France says it fell short on greenhouse gas emissions

GMT 09:39 2017 Friday ,15 September

Lawsuit accuses Google of paying women less than men

GMT 12:24 2018 Thursday ,04 January

China's Ant Financial drops MoneyGram deal

GMT 10:24 2017 Saturday ,23 December

First Ryanair strike sees delays, but no cancellations

GMT 12:45 2016 Saturday ,30 January

Shurooq establishes Omran Properties in Sharjah

GMT 19:36 2012 Saturday ,22 September

Fourth GCC art and literature festival begins in Oman

GMT 05:49 2015 Wednesday ,28 October

Getzlaf leaves Anaheim Ducks with appendicitis

GMT 15:53 2017 Wednesday ,28 June

EU fines Google a record $2.72 billion

GMT 16:20 2017 Saturday ,25 March

10 killed, 14 hurt in Mali clashes

GMT 14:14 2017 Saturday ,19 August

First eclipse in 99 years to sweep North America

GMT 13:15 2015 Monday ,06 April

New book shows poetry can be the best medicine

GMT 19:10 2011 Wednesday ,06 April

Euro tops $1.43 on rate hike hopes
Almaghrib Today, almaghrib today
 
 Almaghrib Today Facebook,almaghrib today facebook  Almaghrib Today Twitter,almaghrib today twitter Almaghrib Today Rss,almaghrib today rss  Almaghrib Today Youtube,almaghrib today youtube  Almaghrib Today Youtube,almaghrib today youtube

Maintained and developed by Arabs Today Group SAL.
All rights reserved to Arab Today Media Group 2021 ©

Maintained and developed by Arabs Today Group SAL.
All rights reserved to Arab Today Media Group 2021 ©

.almaghribtoday .almaghribtoday .almaghribtoday .almaghribtoday
almaghribtoday almaghribtoday almaghribtoday
almaghribtoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
almaghribtoday, Almaghribtoday, Almaghribtoday