2023 Author: Eric Donovan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-27 05:39
The EU Parliament in Strasbourg has voted for the introduction of the eCall emergency call system. This is intended to reduce the number of accident fatalities by ten percent.
From 2018, the automatic eCall emergency call system will be mandatory in all new car models in the EU. The EU Parliament finally voted on Tuesday for the new system, which, according to estimates by the EU Commission, could reduce the number of accident fatalities by ten percent. In the event of an accident, eCall should automatically trigger the standardized European 112 emergency call. This should lead helpers to the scene of the accident faster - even if the driver is unconscious. According to estimates by the EU Commission, there were more than 25,000 deaths in road accidents in 2014.
Environmental protection groups against biofuel
In addition, the parliament decided that in the future only seven percent of energy in transport should come from biofuel from conventional food crops. Only up to this limit can states have biofuel credited towards achieving their climate goals.
This is not enough for the Federation for the Environment and Nature Conservation (BUND). “The United Nations Agricultural Organization and the World Bank have even called for an end to agro-fuel production. Since this does not happen at EU level, Germany must now take the lead and reduce the blending quota for agrofuels on its own,”said the BUND agricultural expert Katrin Wenz in a press release. Greenpeace
tooreacted critically. “With this decision, the EU is endangering global food security and driving climate change. So that we can drive cars in Europe, even more primeval forests will be cleared in the future and people will have to go hungry, "said Martin Hofstetter, agricultural expert from Greenpeace Germany," the amount of agricultural plants in the tank will initially increase again: the share of biofuel in total fuel is currently Europe-wide at five percent. What we need is a turnaround in the transport sector and not a doctor around, where fossil fuel is replaced by climate-damaging agro-fuel. "(AG / dpa)
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