Extracts from the report by Anja Weisgerber, Member of the EP, on the type-approval of hydrogen powered motor vehicles, with the participation of Günter Verheugen
End production: 03/09/2008 First transmission: 03/09/2008
The Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection of the European Parliament adopted a report drafted by Anja Weisgerber, Member of the EP, and, in the framework of the co decision procedure, made some amendments to the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on type-approval of hydrogen powered motor vehicles and amending Directive 2007/46/EC.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
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|| Günter Verheugen, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Enterprise and Industry, (in GERMAN) saying that once again, they are talking about the car of the future; this is a subject where the EP has been very much involved; they are talking about a technical possibility which might help them to find solutions to environmental problems caused by motor vehicles;
saying that they want to ensure that European citizens have the right to move around freely, to have the same individual mobility, the right to drive, to own and to use a car; they must ensure that this use is made without damaging the environment;
saying that their task is to bear in mind technological neutrality but ensure that they lay down some regulations for all of these possibilities; hydrogen can replace conventional fuels and help to reduce the damage to the environment; of course all of this makes sense only if they can produce hydrogen in an environmental friendly way, if they are using energy that is helpful for the environment, then it will fix the object;
saying that they have to ensure that the storage of hydrogen in the car will be absolutely safe, and this regulation will achieve that;
|| Anja Weisgerber, Member of the EP, (in GERMAN) saying that in the future, for the first time, it will be possible to have harmonised provisions in place for approval of hydrogen powered cars;
saying that the danger there is of course that each country will set up their own criteria and this will disturb the functioning of the single market; this will lead to further costs and safety issues; hydrogen is one of the energy vectors of the future; looking to this from where they are today, they need to make sure that they have uniform type-approval procedures but they also need the political framework in place to allow the introduction of this technology in the future;
|| Malcolm Harbour, Member of the EP, (in ENGLISH) saying that they want to make hydrogen vehicles' safety requirements, global requirements; across the world people are working on hydrogen vehicle standards; it is absolutely the right time to put that into the global vehicle working party; because they should start as they need to go on and have that set of global standards for hydrogen vehicles; at the same time, they want Europe to be a leader in developing those technologies and they can achieve both, with the foundation of this proposal
|| Wolfgang Bulfon, Member of the EP, (in GERMAN) saying that the question is how they will obtain hydrogen, whether that's here a balance that is positive; on that will depend how the hydrogen will be produced in the future; it is not going to be helpful if they produce more CO2 in the production of hydrogen
|| Vladko Todorov Panayotov, Member of the EP, (in BULGARIAN) saying that if this regulation is adopted, it will guarantee equal treatment, equal tests; what is sure, is that hydrogen powered vehicles will also apply by the same safety regulations as conventional vehicles; adoption of this regulation will also ensure that they have a sustainable production of hydrogen power, which can take over the part of the market it deserves
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