Diess: ‘CO2 restrictions threaten 100.000 jobs at VW’
Herbert Diess, CEO of the Volkswagen Group, has declared that the newly decided EU restrictions on CO2 emissions can endanger up to 100.000 jobs within the group.
“A transformation at this speed is practically unmanageable, in 10 years one third of our people in production will have to disappear, totaling 100.000 job losses”, Diess has declared to the newspaper, Süddeutsche Zeitung.
With his declaration the boss of the biggest car manufacturing group in Germany has reiterated the comments of the German car industry following the decision of the European environmental ministers to reduce CO2 emissions by 35% in 2030 compared to the 2021 level.
“We don’t see this threat of job losses as blackmail to the EU”, says Diess, “what we say is based on facts. Such a drastic change is a painful revolution and not a controlled transition.”
Under pressure of the powerful German car industry, the German government, voiced by the Chancellor Angela Merkel herself, was leading a group of principally East-European countries who didn’t want to go higher than 30% of CO2 reduction in 2030.
Less lenient due to dieselgate
That was the proposal of the European Commission to start with and a lot lower than that of the European Parliament (-40%). At the end Merkel accepted a 35% compromise fearing otherwise a coalition to be formed within the EU member states that would enforce even more stringent standards.
The German car manufacturers find themselves under pressure since dieselgate, while this emission fraud committed by VW people has angered a lot of politicians and common citizens, resulting in a less lenient attitude towards the entire car industry.
Interesting in this debate is the fact that the European Union has committed itself at the Paris Climate Conference (COP21) to reduce greenhouse gases (CO2, methane, nitric oxide, etc.) by 40% in 2030 compared to the 1990 level.
It is expected that the European Union will repeat this commitment at the next international climate conference (COP24) in Polish Katowice in December of this year.