The announcement comes after news that Germany will vote
against the proposal at the next Council of Environment Ministers of the
European Union (EU), which takes place next Tuesday.
According to the same association, these five countries
propose a 100% reduction in emissions only in 2040, and 90% in 2035 in the case
of light passenger cars and 80% in the case of light goods.
Zero warns that, if Germany’s decision is also considered,
“the block position of these countries could even determine the failure of the
ambition to ban the sale of combustion cars from 2035, which is an axis in the
European Ecological Pact.”
In this way, the environmental association argues that
“Portugal has thus positioned itself at the tail end of the decarbonisation of
the road transport sector”, which has been responsible, since 2019, for 28% of
polluting gas emissions in the country, according to data from the Portuguese
Environment Agency (APA).
The Portuguese government's position is in line with that of
the Automobile Association of Portugal (ACAP), which told ECO/Capital Verde
that it was against a total ban on the sale of these cars, arguing that the
discussion should only resume in 2028. At that time, a status report should
also be made “on the state of the charging network as well as the various
technological solutions”, added the same source.