“Discounts for cars that pollute less, even those with thermal engines.” This is not the request of a car brand or that of a trade association but the diktat of Roberto Cingolani, Minister of Ecological Transition who looks to the future and nominates Italy as a leader for energy and the environment.
Cingolani: “European incentives to buy Euro 6 cars”
He also reiterated this on the occasion of the G20 in Naples when he met colleagues from other international powers and has been doing so for several days, with a particular focus on the issue of mobility. “You have to understand that this is a transition that will last ten years, as John Kerry says. And that it is more complex than we imagine. An ecological transition has to do with demographics, the economy, agriculture, energy, mobility. Many say that doing so will create hundreds of thousands of jobs. But what to do with those who will be lost in the meantime? ” A rhetorical question to which Cingolani himself answers in the interview given to today’s edition of Il Corriere della Sera. The holder of the new dicastery also wanted to clarify his statements about the Motor Valley and the Italian production chain at risk in this too sudden transition: “I have been accused of not being green. But I am convinced that the consolidated Italian supply chains must be safeguarded. Of course, looking to the future: they must be included in a path of innovation and sustainability. France and Germany also think this way. in Italy there are 12 million highly polluting cars. Meanwhile, we can think of replacing those. Even with aid, with incentives for the purchase of less polluting cars. “
Green transition, Cingolani: “Complex operation”
Cingolani therefore does not close the door in the face of cars with internal combustion engines, emphasizing the need to modernize the fleet: “Transition means exactly this: to progressively switch to technologies that are less and less harmful to the environment. Without edicts overnight. ” In this process of transition to the new mobility, it will also be important to ensure that the charging network is adequate and powered by green energy: “We need a smart grid to handle fluctuating electricity demand. With the PNRR we invest in that. And we need those 30,000 charging stations that we have undertaken to install. Electricity production must become more and more renewable, because if I use energy from fossil sources, or worse from coal, to circulate an electric car, we are not making any progress. “