Ecological transition - Tuscany rejects electric cars: "Elite and not so clean"

Ecological transition – Tuscany rejects electric cars: “Elite and not so clean”

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The Tuscany Region enters with a straight leg on the issue of ecological transition and electric mobility and does so with none other than Arpat, the regional agency for environmental protection. In a text published on its website, after giving an account of the ban on the sale of cars with internal combustion engines wanted by Europe for 2035, the body highlights how the decision does not take into account the fact that “in the production phases of electric vehicles, the energy required still comes mostly from non-renewable sources, while still maintaining high carbon dioxide emissions” and stresses that Brussels has approved (in truth, not definitively) “a norm that will have enormous consequences on the social and employment structures of the production districts”, with “consequences that will have implications both on the energy choices of the countries and on the geopolitical and strategic assets to gain control of the areas geographical areas from which the necessary raw materials come “. From the imposition of the Bevs, therefore, the Arpat deduces that “without a peremptory obligation, their affirmation would not have been followed up”.

The previous. The most decisive statement, however, relates to the fact that for the Tuscan Arpat “the transition to electricity will not imply substantial environmental improvements”, as the Agency itself had argued with a text published last February in which it was emphasized that , in calculating the emissions of a vehicle, it was necessary to take into account its entire life cycle, and not only those at exhaust, with particular reference to the energy used for its production and for the recycling of the batteries, in only a reduced percentage coming from renewable sources. “By adopting the criterion from the well to the wheel”, writes the Arpat, “it turns out that electric cars are not as clean as one might think: it is in fact known that the larger the batteries that power them, the higher the their carbon footprint “. The Agency highlights how authoritative reports (in particular those of Goldman Sachs) indicate how much the production of accumulators is concentrated today in countries such as China, South Korea and Japan, which base their energy mix on fossil fuels. For this, it would be necessary to tax goods entering Europe that took into account their real carbon footprint, accompanied by a protocol referring to the life cycle assessment, ie the emissions of the entire life cycle of the vehicle.

Reflections … from Quattroruote. The Tuscan Arpat also addresses the social aspects of the ecological transition, while sharing “the ethical value of choice”, and does so by reporting in its text an integral passage from the July editorial of Quattroruote, where the director Gian Luca Pellegrini he wrote: “The price of the Brussels decision will remain entirely on the shoulders of consumers. The car will once again be a privilege, pushing the weakest segments to the margins of the market”. Even the subsequent arguments, although expressed in slightly different words, are the same: considering the increases in the cost of raw materials recorded in recent years, it is unlikely that the price of EVs will be able to fall so dramatically as to make them mass market products in the medium term. , while the value chain is exposed to fluctuations in speculation. And any initiative represented by state aid and incentives will continue to be indispensable to stimulate an interest in electric cars “destined to remain marginal for a long time to come”.

In conclusion … The Tuscan Arpat concludes its considerations by underlining how the choice of the European Parliament is based “on a hope for suggestive change, but which does not deal with reality; it will certainly be able to clean up the air of our cities, but it is disproportionate to the situation. to what the rest of the world is doing, to people’s right to mobility and, finally, to technological limits: the energy density of a kg of diesel will never be reached by a battery “. Long live diesel, therefore, especially at a time when “the choice of the European Commission to focus on electricity and, therefore, on renewable energy sources is shattered when it is forced to focus on fossil sources, in various areas (industrial, strategic and civil) to free themselves from energy dependence on Russia “.

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