“We are worse than Romania”

They decided to resort to the Tar against incentives for combustion engines and, in particular, against the decree of the Prime Minister of 6 April, which established the recognition of the incentives ‘for the purchase of non-polluting vehicles’ for the years 2022, 2023 and 2024. LegambienteWwf Italy, Greenpeace Italy, Kyoto Club, Citizens for the air with the coordination of Transport & Environment. They ask the government to put an end to any incentives to buy cars with combustion engines and to give priority to interventions in support of industrial reconversion towards electric mobility and investments in sustainable mobility infrastructures a zero emissions. Since 2020, after the outbreak of the pandemic, successive governments have spent about 2.6 billion euros in bonuses for the purchase of new cars, to which must be added another 500 million by the Regions and some Common. “We have spent three billion in public funds in three years but we have the lowest number of electric cars from all over Europe (8% of the market, against 20% continental) ”accuse the associations, recalling that in Italy the car bonuses have also been allocated for cars with combustion engines. “A large part of the three billion – they add – was spent on cars highly pollutants, with emissions up to 135 grams of CO2 per kilometer ”. In no other European country are cars with internal combustion engines financed, with the exception of Romania where, however, the incentives stop at 120 grams of CO2 per km ”.

The reasons for the appeal to the TAR – According to the associations it is unconstitutional the decree law by virtue of which the decree of 6 April last was issued. “The requirements are missing extraordinariness and urgency necessary to invoke the power constitutionally reserved for assemblies legislative. Measures for the relaunch of industrial policies in the sector ‘automotive‘Italian – it is explained in the appeal – constitute a’ foreign body ‘in a decree whose main purpose is to cope with the energy crisis“. The national and supranational norms that define the levels of performance in the field of CO2 emissions of new passenger cars and new light commercial vehicles. “The decree of the Prime Minister – explain the applicants – encourages the purchase of new factory vehicles with emissions in bands higher than those compatible with the European targets for the reduction of harmful emissions for theenvironment in the period 2020-2024 “. The emission thresholds subject to incentives (included in the range 21-60 and 61-135 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer) would therefore be “arbitrary“And in contrast with the European standards that they consider compatible with the climate goals only categories of cars with emissions not exceeding 50g CO2 / Km. According to the associations, moreover, the decree written by the ministry for the Economical progress contributed to making access to electric car bonuses limiting and complicated, due to model limits, beneficiariesincome and inconsistencies relating to the roof maximum.

Comparison with Berlin – The associations also make a comparison with the Germany, “Equally generous in giving bonuses to new cars”. And, in fact, even the Germans have already spent about three billion on incentives, but only on cars completely electric (0-20 grams of CO2 emissions per km) and plug-in (21-50 grams). “Two-thirds of the new cars were bought by businesses or companies of rental you hate sharing, without putting families into debt. Here the opposite happened ”comment the associations. Currently, on German roads, they circulate 660 thousand electric cars and 550,000 plug-ins. In Italy, however, 150 thousand electric and 155 thousand plug-ins: four times less. On the numbers the comment: “We spent how much in Germany (which has 80 million inhabitants), Italian families are in debt and we have much less clean cars compared to them. From an economic, social and environmental point of view, it is a full failure“.

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“We are worse than Romania”

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