|Title||Agreement on car CO2 limits to ‘boost’ electric vehicles|
|Date||2018-12-20 PM 5:44:35||Hit||20|
Member states and the European Parliament agreed last night on a pathway to cut CO2 emissions from new cars and vans by around a third by 2030, in a move observers said would significantly boost the production of zero-emissions vehicles.
After nine hours of closed-room negotiations, representatives from the EU Council and Parliament finally settled on 2030 targets to emissions limits for new cars by 37.5% and vans by 31%, with an interim reduction target of 15% by 2025 for both vehicle types.
The headline compromise goes most of the way to meeting MEPs’ demands for a 40% cut in overall greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. A handful of member states led by Germany had strongly opposed any increase on the 30% cut proposed by the European Commission, while the Austrian presidency had put forward a 35% target.
Electricity sector association Eurelectric said the targets indicate Europe will be home to more than 40 million electric cars by 2030. “This legislation will trigger a significant shift towards [a] climate-friendly transport sector,” said secretary general Kristian Ruby.
Eurelectric had officially backed a 50% target, but Ruby previously told ENDS that 40% “would be a good outcome” of the negotiations between the Parliament and member states.
Greg Archer, clean vehicles director at environmental campaign group Transport & Environment, said the deal means around a third of cars will be zero-emission by 2030. “That's progress but it’s not fast enough to hit our climate goals,” Archer added.
Greens/EFA climate spokesperson Bas Eickhout was more blunt. “We are still racing toward disaster,” he said.
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