European Commission approves aid for Germany to reduce pollution from municipal vehicles
The European Commission announced on Wednesday that it has given the green light to a project of public aid for the German authorities to reduce the amount of pollution emitted by public transport, amounting to 431 million euros.
The measures should help reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 1,450 tonnes a year without unduly distorting competition, the European executive said in a statement.
The public aid project that Germany plans to put in place will support the upgrading of municipal and utility vehicles (such as cleaning vehicles or delivery vehicles) with diesel engines.
Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, Commissioner for Competition Policy, said: “Solving the problem of air pollution is one of the biggest challenges facing Europe. These three schemes are therefore an appropriate measure to encourage vehicle users in Germany to invest in cleaner vehicles in the most polluted German cities.”
The three aid schemes that Germany intends to put in place, with an overall budget of approximately €431 million, will support the upgrading of municipal vehicles: cleaning vehicles, garbage trucks and delivery utilities. equipped with diesel engines. This concerns 20,000 trucks, 8,100 utilities and 84,000 light vehicles.
There are currently over one million heavy and light municipal and commercial vehicles equipped with diesel engines.
Public support will be available in more than 60 German municipalities where national limits for nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions were exceeded in 2017 and will cover the costs of both upgrade systems and their installation.
In November 2018, the Commission approved a German State aid scheme to support the retrofitting of diesel buses used for local public transport.
The measures are part of the German government’s 2017-2020 Clean Air Clean Air Emergency Program (“Sofortprogramm Saubere Luft 2017-2020”), which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. oxides of nitrogen as quickly as possible.