Reducing transport pollution: towards zero-emission mobility in EU by 2035

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A strong signal to industry and consumers is being sent at the end of October: the EU-27 is entering the path to zero-emission mobility. A preliminary agreement between the European Parliament and Council requires that all new cars and vans registered in Europe will be zero-emission by 2035. As an intermediary step towards zero emissions, new cars should reduce emissions by 55% and new vans by 50% by 2030.   

European carmakers in France and Germany, Italy and Sweden, etc. have already proved that they are ready to increase delivering to consumers quite affordable (in most EU states) electric cars; the speed at which this change has happened over the past few years is remarkable, noted Commission Executive Vice-President, Frans Timmermans.
The revision of the CO2 emission standards for cars and vans is one of the ‘Fit for 55′ proposals presented by the Commission in July 2021 to make the EU’s climate, energy, land use, transport and taxation policies fit for reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. Achieving these emission reductions in the next decade is crucial to the EU’s plea to become the world’s first climate neutral continent by 2050; this is also vital for making the European Green Deal a reality.
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New legal instruments in zero-emissions mobility intend to deliver on the targets agreed in the European Climate Law, aimed at fundamentally transforming the member states’ social-economic priorities towards fair, green and prosperous growth.

Present Parliament-Council provisional agreement requires a formal adoption by the Parliament and the Council; once the adoption is reached, the new legislation will be published in the Official Journal of the European Union and enters into force. This agreement marks the first step in the adoption of the ‘Fit for 55′ legislative proposals approved by the Commission in July 2021; it demonstrates ahead of COP27 in Egypt this November the EU’s practical domestic implementation measures towards its international climate commitments.


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