ERJ staff report (DS)
Brussels, Belgium - Lanxess will hold an official opening ceremony at its butyl rubber site in Zwijndrecht tomorrow. The company's CEO Dr. Axel Heitmann will be present and is planned to welcome Ivo Belet - Member of the European Parliament - at the event.
In an interview posted on the Lanxess website, Belet said, â€œAs Rapporteur it was my job to get the [tyre labelling] proposal through the European Parliament. You have to secure a majority, first in the Industry and Energy Committee and then in a plenary session of the European Parliament.â€ he continued, â€œWe also think that the European Commission needs to provide more information about the label. Consumers can now use an online calculator to work out how much fuel they can save with fuel-saving tyres.â€
Belet said the EU plans to carry out a survey of public awareness of the tyre label after three years. Following the report on this study, said Belet, the group may recommend changes to the label. He added, â€œThe Commission has in any case been instructed to amend the proposal in line with possible technical advances. For example, at present, it is still not possible to find tyres that meet both criteria (fuel-efficiency and safety) in category A, but, if this situation changes in the near future, we will need to look again at the categories. â€œ
He continued, â€œIt would be great it after a few years we do indeed have to re-think the categories because the market and consumers have taken it on board and have thus clearly opted to buy fuel-saving tyres for their cars. This is going to be very good for the consumer and for the environment as well. â€œ
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Press release from Lanxess