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The German automotive sector has set itself the target of carbon neutrality by the year 2050, the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) announced in Berlin on Wednesday.

The decision, which incorporates the current targets for carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by the European Union, was taken by the VDA executive, which is made up of the heads of the country’s key automotive sector companies.

The strategies on how to attain the target will be up to the individual companies, which include brands such as Audi, BMW, Mercedes Benz and Volkswagen, along with luxury and niche marques.

“This is good for Germany as a production site, as competition for the better idea and the greatest success have strengthened German industry, especially the automotive industry,” the VDA said.

The company heads said they would be open to all technical solutions, including electric cars using renewable sources, as well as efficient combustion engines and engines using synthetic fuels or hydrogen.

They predicted that modern combustion engines would be of great significance in attaining the emissions targets.
But they also called for rapid expansion of charging points for electric vehicles, both in Germany and across Europe. Success depended on engagement by federal, regional and local government and by energy providers, they said.

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