The next generation of EU rules requiring car makers to reduce carbon dioxide from new vehicles will involve a weakening of an 11-year-old commitment on fighting global warming.
Editorial by Jos Dings
What a month! There was good news and bad news, and bad news that turned into good news. In general, we should be happy at the first binding targets for car makers and the decarbonisation targets for fuels. But behind it all came another highly authoritative and worrying report on climate change, which shows why compromise may be good politics, but it makes us fall further behind the clock on tackling global warming.
The European Commission has proposed to weaken an eleven-year-old climate target for new cars just five days after the global scientific community warned policymakers to take serious and urgent action on climate change. The Commission plans to introduce a legally binding target for average CO2 emissions from new cars of 130 grammes per kilometer, ten grammes more than than the standing target of 120 g/km set in 1996.
The directors of ten leading environmental NGOs have co-signed a letter to Commission President Barroso calling on him to bring forward binding legislation on cars and climate change. The letter follows Barroso's intervention this week to postpone a planned review of the EU strategy on reducing CO2 from cars.
Download the letter (pdf).
T&E has accused MEPs of favouring the makers of sports utility vehicles at the cost of the rest of society.
Europe’s car makers are calling on the Commission not to impose limits for carbon dioxide emissions, saying the politicians have not done their job in providing tax incentives for cleaner cars.
The European Parliament has voted on new vehicle emissions standards (Euro 5 /6) in a compromise deal with ministers that allows makers of gas-guzzling sports utility vehicles (SUVs) an extra three years to comply.
MEPs look set to approve a delay in vehicle emissions legislation just as damning new evidence is emerging at how EU efforts to improve air quality and emissions are being ignored.
A formal recommendation that Europe’s car makers should be required by law to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from new cars is expected from the European Commission next month.
The Chairman of the EuroNCAP new car safety organisation has said safety improvements are not reponsible for the failure of carmakers to cut CO2 emissions. See European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) press release (pdf).