The European Commission and the European Parliament are currently vying to announce greater CO2 reductions over the next 10 years. The EP is estimated to have surpassed the modest -55% of the EC by -60%, but both of these indicators significantly exceed the -40% announced a few years ago, which Latvia has entered in its regulatory enactments, which must now be rewritten.
Green math is a nightmare
The figures announced in Brussels are absurd. According to the “green” dogmatics, CO2 nav CO2 and has no effect on global warming, the fight against which has been declared the cause of all these measures. By that logic, global warming can be halted by cutting down all the world’s forests and burning wood in one year, as this could at least roughly cover global energy consumption. The only thing that is unfortunate is that, on the one hand, the world does not have such a large deforestation capacity (transporting, storing, chopping wood) and, on the other hand, many furnaces and especially vehicle engines are not suitable for wood energy.
Ahead of the Brussels CO2 Sweden has committed itself to reducing emissions with the face of Greta Tunberg. Sweden will already reach -100% CO in 20302 emissions planned by the European Union institutions only in 2050. In Latvia, too, it can be seen how Sweden and its fellow Finland became “climate-neutral”. Namely, wood is also transported from Latvia and through Latvia for burning in Sweden. Indeed, the collective Greta Tunberg believes that CO2 nav CO2 and that ‘climate neutrality’ is a dome erected across Sweden through which CO2 and other substances that are released into the atmosphere because deforestation and timber are transported thousands of kilometers by this or that technique. No matter how questionable the impact of human and, in particular, CO2 emissions on global average temperatures is, there is no doubt about the damage the European Union is doing to the world in proportion to Europe’s increasing consumption of natural resources.
The standard of living of Europeans, as measured by gross domestic product (GDP), is rising or at least not falling, provided that more and more natural resources are used to maintain it. Example of wood burning CO2 counting of CO2 is one of the many ways in which “green” declares more consumption of natural resources to be less consumption. Businesses now do not need collusion on how to reduce the quality of their goods in terms of lifetime and other parameters, while raising commodity prices, as this is done in accordance with EC and EP “green” directives. Namely, it is necessary to produce clothes, household appliances, cars, etc., the production or operation of which requires less energy consumption for one product, without taking into account that this requires two or three products for the same unit of time or workload; excluding resources for the disposal of these goods. As a result, consumption of natural resources and GDP are growing in terms of the volume and prices of goods, for which the European Central Bank is constantly issuing additional euros.
Used cars – iznīcini cars!
One of the main directions in which it is planned to invest in the newly issued euro is to replace the existing vehicles even twice in the next 10-15 years. Switching first from petroleum-powered engines to liquefied-gas engines and then from them to electric cars, without, as far as possible, raising the question of how to produce electricity that does not really produce CO in an electric car.2 directly during use. Judging the future in 15 years is too risky, but the transition to natural gas cars is relevant at the moment. Here, the statement of the Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development Juris Pūce that “current terminology also refers to gas from petroleum products, which emits a lot of bad emissions and is therefore not worthy of the name of gas and tax rebates;. ” LPG (Liquefied petroleum gas) is not CNG (Compressed natural gas).
Just as the government has completed work on the 2021 budget and tax package, which includes a reduction in fuel excise duty on CNG until 2025. At the moment, there are 150 CNG-powered cars in Latvia – 81 cars and 62 trucks, as well as 7 buses. Thus, by abandoning the currently insignificant amount of money, the state intends to get legal and natural persons to spend (assume credit obligations) hundreds of millions of euros for the purchase of CNG cars, development of their repair base, installation of filling stations, etc. If this happens, the country’s revenue from excise duties on petroleum products will fall, but it will be time to raise the CNG excise rate. Such a trick is primitive in itself, but valid with the decisions of EU administrations. Latvian politicians and officials are ironically convinced that not taxing the already prepared registration of completely new cars is a temporary resignation, for which they will revenge no later than next year around this time.
The natural gas supplier Latvijas gāze (LG) has been trying to use the moment for at least five years. This week, LG hosted a conference on “Transport and Gas. Myths. In reality. Benefits ”, which of course focused on benefits. Although natural gas is also a fossil fuel, a car with CNG emits 1/3 less CO2 than a car with a petrol or diesel engine, covering the same distance with the same load. The Greens do not miss the opportunity to point out that the remaining 2/3 are too far from zero to give CNG cars a long future, but they are useful as a means of eliminating the oil fleet. Alda Ozola, Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, shared the Brussels experts’ predictions that gas would cover EU-wide gas consumption for only some time and only 3% of total energy consumption. Edijs Šaicāns, Director of the Energy Market and Infrastructure Department of the Ministry of Economics, noted the difficulties in predicting the long-term future and allowed transport to be stuck in the CNG phase with higher interest rates and for a longer (non-transparent) time.
Economics and politics turn out to be the same thing
The benefits of natural gas vehicles in Latvia were listed by several managers whose companies use such vehicles. Most of it is in the fleets of the current LG and its separate companies, which can be suspected of advertising CNG. The suspicions do not apply to Jēkabpils bus fleet, the experience of which during the last 15 months was testified by the chairman of the board of the company Jānis Šķerbickis. It has been established that 100 km of travel around Jēkabpils requires either 40 liters of diesel fuel for 42 euros or 27 cubic meters of gas for 24 euros. The fuel price savings per bus amount to 16 thousand euros per year, covering the difference in which a CNG bus is more expensive than a diesel bus in two years. At the moment, it is possible to get a gas car very cheaply if you have the ability to cover most of the purchase price with money donated by the EU – a prize for the purchase of non-oil vehicles.
Due to Jēkabpils and similar examples, Neatkarīgā asked LG Chairman of the Board Aigars Kalvītis whether the transition to CNG transport is also taking place in Russia. In other words, can such a shift be driven by purely economic considerations without political demands to reduce CO.?2 emissions? Could it not be that the advantage of CNG cars in Latvia already, before the reduction of excise duty, arose as a result of the fulfillment of the EU requirements? A. Kalvitis did not have a clear answer. On the one hand, there are more than two hundred CNG filling stations for cars in Russia, but on the other hand, nothing has been heard about the Russian car industry’s attempts to create its own CNG cars. For Russian natural gas, sales in Russia itself prove to be a side effect of the redesign of the car industry in the European Union. So everyone can think the way they like. If Russia is not lovable, then Russia can be called incapable of mastering the production of more efficient vehicles. If the EU is not sweet, then the production of CNG and electric cars can be seen as an additive to euro printing, which in itself makes no economic and environmental sense.