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NGO: Automakers Not Doing Enough to Cut Emissions

Five months after exposing defeat devices in Volkswagens, the International Council on Clean Transportation said the sector as a whole is still lagging in its efforts to curb pollution.

BERLIN — European automakers are still not doing enough to cut carbon gas emissions, according to the non-governmental organization that blew the whistle on Volkswagen’s pollution-cheating scandal.

Five months after exposing the German auto giant for installing so-called defeat devices in its diesel engines, the International Council on Clean Transportation said the sector as a whole was still lagging in its efforts to curb pollution — and Europe’s attempts to regulate in the area were too timid.

The VW scandal was “an extreme case, but higher emissions are the norm” in the automobile sector, said Vicente Franco, of ICCT’s Berlin office. “No manufacturer is perfect.” 

It was ICCT that uncovered the VW scam in September, sending shockwaves around the automobile sector all over the world and drove VW into its deepest-ever crisis. The German group deliberately installed the devices into 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide with the aim of getting around emissions regulations, notably in the United States.

While the scandal had raised awareness of the subject, automakers had “come up with answers that point toward loopholes in regulation rather than technical answers,” Franco said. “Regulatory proposals for RDE (real diesel emissions) recently are an improvement, a step in the right direction, but insufficient.” 

Franco was speaking at a round-table discussion on the VW scandal organized by the environmentalist Green party in German parliament. 

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2016

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