MPs have backed a proposal to reduce CO2 emissions by 100% by 2035, which would make it impossible to sell new fossil fuel vehicles en bloc.
MEPs in the European Parliament’s Environment Committee have backed an EU plan to effectively ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in 2035, while voting against proposals for tougher CO2 reduction targets for cars in the decade. .
The Committee supported the proposal to reduce CO2 emissions by 100% by 2035, which would make it impossible to sell new fossil fuel vehicles in the 27-country bloc.
The European Commission proposed targets as part of a broader climate change policy package in July last year, based on the fact that new cars stay on the road for 10 to 15 years – meaning 2035 is the last time sales of polluting cars could stop without jeopardizing the bloc’s plan to have zero net emissions in all sectors by 2050.
The Commission has not supported a proposal by some parliamentarians to increase the ambition of the Commission’s proposal to reduce CO2 emissions from cars by 55% by 2030 compared to 2021. Nor did it support other parliamentarians’ proposals to reduce the 2035 target.
The future is electric
“With CO2 standards, we create clarity for the car industry and stimulate innovation and investment for carmakers,” said Jan Huitema, the policy’s chief legislator, adding that it should lower the price of electric vehicles.
The entire European Parliament will vote on CO2 proposals for cars in the coming months, after which parliamentarians and EU countries must negotiate the final rules.
By accelerating the transition to zero-emission electric vehicles, the EU aims to address a quarter of the EU’s emissions from transport, which have increased in recent years.
Automakers, including Volkswagen, Ford, Peugeot, Volvo and Jaguar, have already announced plans to stop the sale of combustion engines in Europe by 2035, but some industry groups have warned against banning certain technology and have said that more ambitious goals can only be achieved if decision-makers support a massive launch of the charging infrastructure.
The EU is negotiating proposals to require countries to install public charging points at regular intervals along major roads.