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The tactics used by Germany to save the output of its big, luxury vehicles might threaten EU’s CO2 emissions regulations for 2020.

According to the Commission document, Germany’s proposals might threaten EU’s attempts to introduce the 95 grams of CO2 per km for all vehicles by 2020. The German auto industry requests the increased allocation of the supercredits, which will give automakers the possibility to manufacture vehicles which exceed the EU target if they also produce hybrid or electric vehicles.

The Commission agrees that a maximum of 20,000 supercredits per automaker can be approved, but too many would be counterproductive, as this will prevent conventional vehicles from becoming any less polluting. According to the document released by the Commission, the German proposals lead to four possible scenarios, all leading to emissions range of 99 g/km to 123 g/km, compared with the EU target of 95 g/Km.

The supercredits would also produce knock-on effects, as they would delay achieving the 95 g/Km target and it would “have implications for the ability to set further CO2 targets”.

“The effect will be fewer jobs created, higher fuel bills for drivers and more CO2 released,” said Greg Archer, a programme manager at campaign group Transport & Environment. “Yes, we want to encourage electric vehicles, but we don’t want to encourage electric vehicles if that means conventional cars don’t get any cleaner.”