Less than a week before the European Council endorses Parliament’s decision and makes effective the ban on selling combustion engines from 2035 – something that the Spanish Minister for Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, has declared today that “there will be no changes in the position of Brussels»—, 16 Spanish associations have signed a statement in which they maintain that «voting in favor of this proposal is voting against the interests of Spain».

From his point of view, “the social and economic consequences will affect the most vulnerable population: the lowest incomes and the inhabitants of the most depopulated areas.” The infrastructure of our country is not prepared for the total electrification of the park and the Spanish territory, in which the distance between urban centers is greater than in other larger countries, such as France, does not help its structuring.

“Betting exclusively on the 100% electric car will create shadow areas in rural Spain,” they say, in which part of the population cannot recharge their vehicle and there will be a comparative grievance between urban and rural inhabitants. In addition, in the most unpopulated areas it is necessary to have more autonomy, something that the electric car has not yet solved.

Among the companies that sign are the representatives of official dealers (Faconauto), service stations (Ceees), automotive suppliers (Sernauto) or aftermarket spare parts (Ancera).

They demand that technological neutrality be respected, since it would mean stopping the development of biofuels, low or neutral in their global calculation of carbon and compatible with the current fleet of vehicles. This will make it possible to decarbonize mobility at a lower cost without forcing to change vehicles or completely renew fleets.

“This disincentive for investment,” they say, “will put a large number of jobs at risk, in the fuel refining and distribution industries, as well as in the auxiliary, component industry.”

Its focus is on the loss of efficiency in the energy transition process, but also on the loss of rights in terms of mobility, quality of life and purchasing power of the middle and lower classes. “Defending the interests of the entire Spanish population imperatively requires voting against the regulation of emission standards of the European Commission,” they sentence.

The associations emphasize their commitment to the decarbonisation of mobility and the economy, as well as to an energy transition that is fair, accessible, efficient and inclusive so that no one is left behind. For this reason, they demand that the Spanish Executive listen to all sectors and gauge the scope of its decisions. They also urge the Spanish and European administrations to ensure compliance with the principle of technological neutrality. “The only way to design a just and efficient energy transition is for technology to prevail over ideology,” they conclude.

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