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  • MEPs call for ambitious car CO2 targets and zero-emissions sales quota

    The European Parliament's environment committee today adopted an opinion on the EU's Low-emission Mobility strategy, signalling the Parliament's desire for ambitious future CO2 standards for cars and vans just a few months before the European Commission’s proposal is expected in November.

    This opinion – a reaction to the Commission’s communication on a Low Emission Mobility strategy published in July 2016 – was welcomed by Transport & Environment (T&E) as a positive signal. Specifically the environment committee renewed its commitment to an ambitious 2025 CO2 fleet average target (that lowers emissions by between 18 and 28%) along with the introduction of on-road checks for CO2 emissions. Crucially the committee also voted to support the development of a zero-emission sales target to drive the market in favour of ultra-low emissions cars.

    T&E’s clean vehicles officer, Yoann Le Petit, said: “The environment committee has sent an unambiguous message to the Commission that it wants ambitious post-2020 CO2 standards for cars and vans. We need emissions reduced by 25% on the road by 2025 and 45% by 2030 along with measures to support the market uptake of zero-emission vehicles.”