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Germany’s Car Push Risks Derailing EU Green Deal, Lawmaker Warns

  • Berlin has called for changes to allow the use of e-fuels
  • Canfin says lawmakers aren’t willing to reopen agreement

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz risks derailing the European Union’s green deal with his government’s push to allow combustion cars running on e-fuels to continue to be sold after 2035, a key architect of the climate package warned.

It’s “not acceptable” for Germany to renege on an accord reached in October committing member states to phase out emissions from the auto sector, according to Pascal Canfin, a French liberal who chairs the EU Parliament’s environment committee. Lawmakers would reject any attempt to reopen that deal in the wake of German pressure to include so-called e-fuels, he said.