COP26, no signature by Italy of the pact on the stop to endothermic by 2035

To the COP 26 Italy has not signed the agreement to ban the sales of endothermic cars by 2035 . A choice also shared by other important countries of the Old Continent such as France, Germany and Spain. It should be noted that from the conference in which the climate problems in which they participated were discussed 197 countries cannot emerge binding decisions. However, the political weight is still very relevant.

Speaking precisely of the Old Continent, we know well that the European Commission last July presented the Fit for package 55 which includes a series of proposals to achieve the objectives contained in the European Green Deal. With regard to the transport sector, the Commission had proposed a stop to the sales of endothermic cars from 2035. Given what emerged from the COP appointment 26, it is clear that the negotiations between the member countries will be very complex to arrive at the possible approval of this package of proposals.

The whole can easily be seen as an advance of the positions that will be held by the various European countries. But why did Italy say no?


The reason for Italy’s position it is explained by the Corriere della Sera which reports the statements by Giancarlo Giorgetti , Minister of Economic Development. According to the minister, the ecological transition must be addressed with a technologically neutral approach. Decarbonisation cannot become synonymous with electricity.

We must face the ecological transition with a technologically neutral approach: decarbonisation cannot become synonymous with electricity. In this way we make an ideological path that instead must be rational.

Furthermore, there is concern for the auto components sector in Italy which with a quick transition of the electric could be blown away since an electric car engine has very few parts. Furthermore, the Italian minister is concerned that Europe will not close the door to possible alternatives, including hydrogen. The research on non-fossil fuels in which Italian companies are investing must then continue.

In essence, the minister makes it clear that the farewell to internal combustion engines must not be linked only to the advent of cars 100% electric. For Giancarlo Giorgetti we must not fall into ideological traps because it does not serve the environment, our industries and consumers. For the minister, the Italian government must speak clearly and with one voice in Europe.

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