The British think tank Influencemap found that the German auto industry is double-dealing when it comes to climate protection. While publicly supporting the Paris Agreement, such manufacturers also actively lobby against climate protection regulations.
While increasingly expressing general support for the Paris Agreement and long-term climate targets, new research by Influencemap suggests that BMW and the VDA in particular have been lobbying to weaken short-term climate protection regulation.
Further, the think tank found that BMW has emerged as the German automotive sector’s leading opponent of climate policy. While the German automotive industry has increasingly stated top-line support for the Paris Agreement and long-term climate targets – key groups like BMW and the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) have advocated weakening near-term climate regulations to reach such goal, particularly higher CO2 emissions standards for light-duty vehicles and ICE phase-out dates.
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