Interministerial disagreement on diesel. Next year, will we be able, yes or no, to send our old vehicle to the scrapyard to buy a brand new diesel, with the help of the government and its conversion bonus? On this point, Bercy and the Ministry of Ecological Transition do not seem to agree. Today, diesel is eligible for this premium which should encourage households, especially modest ones, to acquire a newer and less polluting vehicle. In detail, up to 5,000 euros of aid are today promised for the purchase of an electric or plug-in hybrid model, and 3,000 euros for a young diesel model (less than 10 years old) or gasoline (less than 15 years). The condition of course: send his old heap of scrap metal to the scrapyard.
From 2021, announced Monday the Minister of Ecological Transition Barbara Pompili, this bonus will no longer concern the purchase of a diesel vehicle. In more detail, vehicles bearing a Crit’Air 2 sticker are also excluded. “I was committed to it. (…) It is a question of the coherence of our policy to fight against air pollution», Argued Barbara Pompili. However, shortly after, the Minister in charge of Industry, Agnès Pannier-Runacher, put this announcement in parentheses. “This is a point we will discuss“, She launched on Public Senate, arguments full of pockets:”in the countryside, a diesel engine emits less particles and less CO2 than a petrol engine». «Diesel is 35,000 industrial jobs», She adds.
So who to believe? The Ministry of Ecological Transition decides and ensures that there is no misunderstanding on the subject. “There is a decision by Barbara Pompili, which was even arbitrated by Matignon», assure-t-on au Figaro. It is thus confirmed that at 1is January, the conversion bonus no longer concerned the purchase of diesel vehicles. “We have to be consistent. Diesel is one of the main sources of nitrogen dioxide particle emissions, we cannot spend public money to support diesel», We hammer at the ministry. And the latter is reassuring about the job market. In 2019, only 10% of vehicles purchased through the conversion bonus were diesels. A low figure for the diesel market in general. At the ministry, we therefore assure that it is not this new measure that will sink diesel and the 35,000 jobs that go with it.
“No one disputes the objective of reducing C02 and particulate matter emissions, it is largely a shared objective!”, we plead to Bercy, also contacted by the Figaro. The ministry recalls the stake “To support the diesel industry in diversifying its activities to cushion the drop in sales.” “This is what we have been doing for three years and will continue to do so, in a context made even more difficult with the economic consequences of the health crisis”. Since the start of the five-year term, the Ministry of the Economy has affirmed its support for the diesel sector, through an industrial transition. Because the sector is in free fall. In 2012, it accounted for more than 72% of new car sales. A figure since fallen to 36%, half.
The government’s initial target for the conversion bonus was 500,000 beneficiaries. Now, faced with the success of the measure, the executive has doubled its ambitions. The finance bill (PLF) for the year 2021 provides for 1.9 billion euros to support this measure.