Emissions – the Us, the manufacturers: “Yes to the easing of regulations, not a cancellation”

One of the main representative associations of the u.s. automotive industry, The Alliance for Automotive Innovation, has officially position on the issue of reform of the legislation on emissions and fuel consumption, launched by the administration to Trump. The institutions of Washington, was launched a clear message: it’s good to loosening of the constraints intended by the former president Barack Obama in 2012, but further reductions in requirements should be excluded a priori.

The reform. The current occupant of the White House, Donald Trump is successful at the end of march to carry out the purpose of reforming the environmental regulations, but had to grapple with the opposition of a sector that has always asked for a loosening of the limits considered to be too strict (even more strict than in europe) but not their cancellation and for not having to accrue additional delay compared to foreign competitors. The current government, intending initially to “freeze” the limits of consumption and emissions up to 2026 on the levels of the 2020 strategy, launched by the agencies Epa (Environmental Protection Agency) and Nhtsa (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), the new rules requiring a reduction in an improvement of 1.5% per year until 2026, compared to the previous 5%. In essence, it was deleted the goal of achieving an average in mileage of about 54 miles per gallon (corresponding to 23 km/litre) and imposed a new goal of 40 miles per gallon (17 km/litre).

The support of the Alliance. The Alliance for Automotive Innovation, and that among its members, and has nearly all the manufacturers in the United States (BMW, FCA, Ferrari, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia, Mazda, Mercedes, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porsche, PSA, Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo), the two agencies “have exercised legally its discretion in setting the standard in compliance with the requirements of applicable law” and suitable to “balance adequately the improvement of the fuel consumption and the performance on the front of the greenhouse gas emissions”.

The legal case. At the same time, however, the association opposes any further easing of the requirements and in this regard, he announced he would intervene in the legal dispute started in April by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (Cei), which has asked the court of appeal of the federal order for the administration to Trump up a new review of the legislation to impose a further reduction of the standards, if not even a freezing. The two agencies, said Cei, “have failed to consider adequately the adverse impacts of the new standards on the safety of the traffic”. The Alliance, in expressing his disagreement with the position of the institute and reaffirm the intention of its members to continue to invest substantially in technologies for the most efficient engines, he says, instead, “a federal policy that improves the fuel savings and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions of the vehicles for a cleaner future, the most safe and intelligent mobility of the people.” Some of the members of the association have, however, decided not to participate in the intervention in the legal case: it is a Honda, BMW, Ford, Mercedes, Porsche and Volkswagen.

Source: Quattroruote.en – Edited by Anthon K.