EU Parliament tightens CO2 emission proposals for cars
The European Parliament Committee on Transport opts for tougher and stricter CO2 emission targets for new cars and vans, 20% and 45% instead of 15 and 30%. The Members of the European Parliament indicated this in committee on Monday evening. The auto industry warned that increasing the goals would mean job losses.
From 30 to 40% cut
The European Commission proposes to reduce emissions by 15% by 2025 and by 30% by 2030. In recent weeks, however, negotiations have taken place between conservatives and an alliance of left parties, liberals and ecologists about the reductions.
One group feared for the economic interests of car manufactures; the others demanded more ambitious targets. The MEPs in Strasbourg have now voted to go for 20% and 45% respectively.
MEPs also voted to introduce a penalty scheme for carmakers that fail to hit those goals. Exceeding the target will be rewarded with valuable carbon credits.
The reduction in CO2 emissions from new passenger cars and light vans would, in theory, make sure that the EU keeps the promises it made for the Paris Climate Agreement.
In Bangkok experts from 190 countries are currently negotiating to complete the rules of the implementation of this agreement. It thus aims to reduce emissions in general by 40% by 2030, compared to 1990 emissions.
Job losses across the EU
The automotive industry, represented by a lobby group of European car manufacturers, warned that increasing the goals for CO2 emissions could result in job losses across the EU, as companies switch away from the internal combustion engine to all-electric vehicles.
Miriam Dalli, the Socialists and Democrats MEP who shepherded the legislation through the committee, called the prospect of job cuts “the biggest elephant in the room, many times used by car manufacturers to lower the targets.”
Transform the industry
The vote in plenary session should take place in early October. Afterwards, negotiations between the Member States and the European Commission are scheduled.
“The goal is not only to protect the planet and the health of our fellow citizens, but also to transform our industry, before it completely falls behind internationally”, says French Karima Delli (Europe Écologie), Chairwoman of the European Parliament’s Committee on Transport.