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EU, Germany Reach Car Emissions Deal That Makes Room for E-Fuels

  • Agreement paves way for key element of EU Green Deal strategy
  • Berlin’s late objections to plan had frustrated some nations
Traffic approaches the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. 

Traffic approaches the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. 

Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg
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Germany reached an agreement with the European Union on a landmark regulation that requires new cars to be carbon neutral by 2035, resolving a dispute that threatened to undermine the bloc’s ambitious blueprint to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The government in Berlin said it won key assurances that the EU’s rules would be technology-neutral that would leave space for so-called e-fuels to be used in a zero-emissions framework.