MILAN: Electric cars are not the only effective route for reducing carbon emissions produced by the car industry, the head of Italy’s car lobby said on Tuesday.
Other technologies could help decarbonize the industry, achieve the same emissions targets while maintaining know-how and jobs in Italy, said Paolo Scudieri, president of the car industry association ANFIA.
“I refer to the tangible contribution that biofuels and synthetic fuels, such as hydrogen, can make,” said Scudieri, opening the public meeting of ANFIA, adding that the Italian car industry has already made huge investments in hydrogen.
Biofuels and synthetic fuels, referred to as e-fuels, are being developed to continue using customized versions of internal combustion engines instead of switching to wholesale electric car (BEV) batteries.
Scudieri said focusing on BEV technology alone, currently dominated by Asian producers, would jeopardize some 73,000 jobs in Italy in the coming years, which would not be offset by some 6,000 new jobs expected to be made by electric mobility.
He added that about 450 car parts manufacturers in Italy, out of a total of 2,200, risk leaving the company because they have not yet started shifting production to electrical technology.
The European Commission has proposed a 100% reduction in CO2 emissions for industry for 2035. The goal, which is part of a larger package of climate change policies launched last year, would make it impossible to sell new cars powered by fossil fuels in the 27-nation bloc.
The European Parliament will hold a debate next week on a number of climate policies, including a plan to effectively ban internal combustion engine cars by 2035.
Scudieri said there was no dominant position among various political groups in the European Parliament.
“Every vote will count and my wish is that our MEPs will also vote with the interests of the country in mind,” he said.