Car association criticizes EU plans to calculate CO2 for batteries

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Berlin (dts) - The Association of the German Automotive Industry (VDA) rejects the EU Commission's planned calculation method for the CO2 footprint of batteries for electric vehicles. “With the draft, the European Commission is redefining the rules of life cycle assessment,” said VDA President Hildegard Müller to “Welt am Sonntag”.

The current version represents a paradigm shift in that renewable energy certificates are rejected and only location-based energy data is used for CO2 calculations. “This contradicts the goal of expanding the share of renewable energies in Europe,” said Müller.

The EU Commission has published a draft for a so-called delegated act, which stipulates that the CO2 intensity of the national electricity mix should generally be used for the calculation. The purchase of renewable energy through certificates or power purchase agreements by battery manufacturers should not be taken into account. The proposal contradicts the EU strategy “and would bring significant disadvantages for existing locations in Germany,” said Müller.

Due to the high proportion of nuclear energy, the CO2 intensity of the electricity mix in France, for example, is significantly lower than in Germany, where the proportion of electricity generation using coal and natural gas is significantly higher. The VDA is committed to ensuring that power purchase agreements continue to be recognized in the EU. “In addition, we propose using the regional electricity mix (e.g. EU) as a standard approach instead of the national average grid mix,” says the association.

The federal government does not yet want to comment on the EU Commission's draft. The Ministry of Transport referred to the Ministry of Economic Affairs, where it said: “The federal government is currently agreeing on the calculation rule for the greenhouse gas footprint presented by the Commission.”