Plans to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from cars and vans approved
Liberal and Democrat MEP's today welcomed the adoption of new targets for the reduction of greenhouse-gas emissions from cars and vans by 2030, already informally agreed with EU ministers.
Key elements of the legislation include measures to reduce the level of CO2 emissions from cars by 15% from 2025 and by 37,5% from 2030 compared to the 2021 level, measures to promote electric and other zero- or low-emissions technologies and compliance checks of real-world emissions in the wake of the recent emissions scandals.
The aim of the proposal is to contribute to the EU's climate commitments, in particular to help Member States reach their binding national emissions targets cost-effectively, and to reduce fuel costs for consumers. It will also bring air quality benefits. Road transport is responsible for more than 20% of EU climate pollution, and in contrast to many other sectors, its emissions are still growing.
ALDE shadow rapporteur, Nils Torvalds MEP, welcomed the approval of the agreement after the vote:
"I welcome the final adoption of today’s legislation, which will help to reduce CO2 emissions, improve air quality and reduce fuel costs for consumers. While I regret the agreement falls short of what will be needed to respect the Paris Agreement and to reach the EU’s own 2030 targets cost-effectively, it is nevertheless the best possible result given the circumstances.”
“Liberal and Democrat MEPs are committed to standing on an ambitious environmental platform in May’s European elections. We have to keep up the fight for ambitious CO2 reduction targets across the board in Europe, if we are to deliver on our COP21 commitments.”