Energy: Alternative fuels and propulsion in Germany

The objective set by the European directive of May 8, 2003, is to reach, by 2010, a proportion of 5,75% of biofuels on the market. The new European Commissioner for Agriculture has also strongly encouraged Germany to develop alternative fuels, particularly with a view to liberalizing the agricultural market within the framework of the WTO.

In this context, the German Government has undertaken several measures:

- In order to encourage petroleum groups to mix conventional fuels / biofuels, the government has fully tax-exempted the share of biofuels from these blends until 2020. The German objective is to reach, by 2012, 10% of biofuels in total consumption.

- Chancellor Gerhard Schroder, Federal Minister of Finance Hans Eichel and Minister of the Environment Jurgen Trittin have agreed to support diesel vehicles with particulate filters from 2006 onwards. It must end on January 1, 2008, date a
which all new diesel vehicles will be produced filters teams has particles.

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