Update: The agenda has been revised
The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether BMW, Daimler and VW (Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche) colluded, in breach of EU antitrust rules, to avoid competition on the development and roll-out of technology to clean the emissions of petrol and diesel passenger cars.
Members of the European Parliament demand clear and ambitious targets for cleaner cars, according to the Environment Committee (ENVI) which has just voted on the European Commission’s proposal for European CO2 regulation for cars and light commercial vehicles. A majority of the committee agreed to reduce CO2 emissions by 20 percent by 2025 and by 45 percent by 2030. The European Commission had proposed 30 percent by 2030.
Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament are strongly committed to the transition to a low-carbon economy that will save money for citizens; will bring a new impulse to the EU’s industrial competitiveness; will contribute to curbing climate warming; and will improve human health.
European Aluminium, Brussels, September 11th. Today, the European Parliament ENVI Committee has fallen short of goal when addressing a major issue in the new CO2 standards for cars and vans post-2021. By keeping the mass parameter to define the target, it missed an opportunity to stimulate more energy efficient cars and to prevent heavier ones from emitting more.
Philippe Vangeel, Secretary General of AVERE, said: “Today’s vote provides a solid starting point that will enable industry to take advantage of the electrification disruption that is currently taking place across Europe. The strong sales target and penalties for not meeting these targets will ensure that Europe does not fall behind the rest of the world in the transition to electrification.”