Put cars on a path to zero emissions, MEPs told ahead of crucial vote

May 4, 2022

As the EU Parliament's environment committee decides on car CO2 targets, eight groups representing businesses, cities and civil society are making an open appeal.

In an open letter sent today to members of the EU Parliament’s environment committee, eight groups have outlined three key measures that need to be taken:

  1. An EU-wide phase-out date – via a 100% CO2 reduction target – for sales of new internal combustion engine passenger cars and vans (including hybrids) no later than 2035.
  2. Higher CO2 reduction targets for carmakers in 2025, 2030 and an interim target in 2027.
  3. A rejection of loopholes being pushed by the oil, gas, and suppliers industries that would allow carmakers to buy fuel credits to comply with their CO2 targets.

The committee will vote on its position on the revision of the car and van CO2 law on 11 or 12 May. The signatories say that these measures would put Europe on a pathway to deliver reductions in line with the Paris Agreement and set in motion a systemic transformation to make Europe a global leader in the net-zero future of the auto industry.

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