The real impact of diesel cars on climate
It is often suggested that diesel cars have a useful role in reducing climate emissions, particularly in the wake of the Volkswagen scandal. This position, strongly promoted by many in the car industry, and accepted by much of the public, underpinned lower taxes and weaker air pollution standards for diesel fuel and diesel cars, contributing to a boom in diesel car sales. Diesel accounted for 53% of new car sales in Western Europe in 2014, compared to 1-5% in Japan and the US.
In this short interview, Green Budget Europe’s Director James Nix and Prof Helmers from Trier University of Applied Sciences call on policy-makers to end the preferential tax treatment for diesel cars in the EU.