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EU plans for 30% cut in emissions by 2030

The European Commission is looking to cut car and LCV emissions by 30% by 2030 under a proposal for post-2021 CO2 targets.

European Commission is looking to reduce car and LCV emissions by 30% by 2030

European Commission is looking to reduce car and LCV emissions by 30% by 2030

The plans – intended to help accelerate the transition to low and zero emission vehicles – set out that average CO2 emissions from new passenger cars and LCVs registered in the EU in 2025 will have to be 15% lower compared to 2021, rising to 30% lower by 2030 and enforced by penalties for every gram per km per car of CO2 that is over target.

This would bring the ceiling for fleet average emissions down from the 95g/km limit currently levied from 2021 to 66g/km from 2030. The plans also set out a target for zero emission vehicles of 30% of new sales in 2030 but don’t set legally-binding quotas on this, in contrast to the original proposal.

The proposals – which will now be considered by the European Council and Parliament – fall in line with the objective of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transport by at least 60% on the 1990 level by 2050, as reaffirmed in 2016 under the European Strategy for low-emission mobility.

Vice-President responsible for the Energy Union, Maroš Šefčovič said the proposals will entice carmakers to “manufacture the best, cleanest and most competitive cars, hence regaining consumers’ trust. This is a major leap in the right direction: a modern sustainable European economy with cleaner air in our cities and better integration of renewables into present and future energy systems.”

In a fact sheet Q&A, the commission commented on the impact to the automotive sector, saying: “Given the gradual shift to zero- and low-emission powertrains until 2030, there will be sufficient time for re-skilling and up-skilling in the automotive sector. The transition to zero- and low-emission powertrains will enable the European car industry to retain technological leadership which is one important condition for future growth and jobs.”

However Mike Hawes, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), said the proposed targets “are a significant and potentially unrealistic challenge”.

“Plug-in electric cars account for less than 2% of the UK market and, whilst there are 45 models on the market and many more introductions planned for 2018 and beyond, increasing the take up of such low emission vehicles is not solely in the gift of industry. Major investments in infrastructure and consistent government incentives and fiscal measures are essential. The internal combustion engine will continue to play a critical role and government must recognise that technologies such as new, low emission diesel cars are essential to the achievement of these targets – and the Government’s own climate change ambitions. It must end the confusion surrounding diesel and ensure the competitiveness of the industry so that it can develop the technological solutions and safeguard the many jobs the industry creates.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.