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EU rules on e-fuels threaten to create ‘CO2 tourism’

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🗞️ Driving the news: The EU's proposed regulations on e-fuels risk creating "CO2 tourism," where car owners might refuel outside the EU to bypass stringent emissions rules

🔭 The context: E-fuels are synthetic fuels produced using renewable energy and captured CO2
• Germany and some industry groups support their use to keep combustion engines viable post-2035, arguing they can be carbon-neutral if produced correctly

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: While e-fuels offer a potential pathway to decarbonize existing vehicle fleets, they are less efficient than electric vehicles and could undermine broader efforts to reduce transport emissions

⏭️ What's next: The EU will continue to negotiate and refine these rules, balancing technological neutrality with the need to enforce genuine emission reductions

💬 One quote: “Provided they are produced with renewable energy, e-fuels are climate neutral,” said a German government spokesperson

📈 One stat: Over 96% of hydrogen produced in Europe currently comes from natural gas, highlighting challenges in scaling green hydrogen for e-fuels

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