Cutting car CO2 emissions by up to 30% by 2030
10 November, 2017
The Commission tabled last Wednesday proposals aimed at reducing vehicles' carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2030, the EU press service reported. The move is designed to put further pressure on manufacturers to develop more hybrid and electric cars. The Commission also wants to introduce an incentive scheme to encourage companies to produce more zero and low-emission cars.
Under the proposals, cars will have to emit 15% less CO2 by 2025 compared with 2021 and 30% less by 2030. Average CO2 emissions from light commercial vehicles registered in the EU in 2025 will have to be 15% lower and in 2030, 30% lower compared with 2021. The Commission acknowledged that the technical changes need to achieve the new targets would mean higher production costs and that would, in the short term, lead to higher vehicle prices. It calculated that for an average new car registered in 2030, the additional manufacturing costs would be about €1,000. For an average 2030 van, they would be up to about €900.
“We have entered an era of climate-friendly economic transformation. Today's set of proposals is setting the conditions for European manufacturers to lead the global energy transition rather than follow others,” VP responsible for the Energy Union Maros Sefcovic said. “The global race to develop clean cars is on. Our targets are ambitious, cost-effective and enforceable. Today, we are investing in Europe and cracking down on pollution to meet our Paris Agreement pledge,” Climate Action Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete pointed out.