EU Commission proposes 30% reduction target for car firms by 2030 but fails to include penalties for manufacturers
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The European Commission has published proposals aimed at reducing vehicles' carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2030. The move is designed to put further pressure on manufacturers to develop more hybrid and electric cars... "The proposed 30% reduction target for passenger cars is ambitious and realistic, the Commission said... EU governments and the European Parliament will need to agree to the Commission's proposals... Environmental campaigners and consumer advocates seem pretty unimpressed by the Commission's proposals - [...] partly because the proposals don't include minimum quotas for the production of zero and low emission vehicles - hybrids, electric cars and hydrogen vehicles. There will be incentives for manufacturers to meet specific targets, but no penalties if they fail. If Brussels gossip is to be believed, the proposal was watered down due to high level lobbying from Germany's car industry association, the VDA - which found sympathy in high places, particularly among German officials.
Author: European Commission
On 8 November 2017, the European Commission presented a legislative proposal setting new CO2 emission standards for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles (vans) in the European Union for the period after 2020. The proposed targets are set for the EU-wide average emissions of new cars and vans in a given calendar year from 2025 on, with stricter targets applying from 2030. The proposal also includes a mechanism to incentivise the uptake of zero- and low-emission vehicles, in a technology-neutral way... The proposed framework [...] will help to meet the objectives set out in the EU 2030 framework for climate and energy... The legislative proposal has been submitted to the European Parliament, the Council, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions for further consideration under the ordinary legislative procedure.
EU commission resilience to German lobbying is being tested on Wednesday as the executive unveils new car emissions targets. Earlier drafts of its proposal said upto 20 percent of EU car maker's models should be electric vehicles and that 10 percent should be hybrid ones by 2030.
Author: Peter Teffer, EU Observer
"New Commission CO2 rules for cars include some 'leeway'", 8 November 2017
The European Commission proposed [...] that cars should emit 30 percent less carbon dioxide (CO2) by 2030 compared to 2021 - but said that under certain conditions carmakers will be allowed to miss the target.The complex proposal ties the CO2 reduction target to an incentive mechanism to increase the European production of electric cars... If a car manufacturer has increased its share of low emission vehicles in its fleet to more than 30 percent by 2030, it will receive credits that it can use if it is unable to meet the 30 percent CO2 reduction target. "This leeway is what we have in the context of our regulation. … Manufacturers react only when they get something in return," an EU official told journalists... Regardless of the offsetting possibility, many environmental groups and left-wing politicians were quick to say the 30 percent CO2 reduction goal itself was not ambitious enough... Like with a previous target for 2020, there was heavy lobbying ahead of the publication of the commission proposal... Meanwhile, there are indications that several carmakers will face difficulties in achieving the 2021 target... [refers to Hyundai-Kia, Peugeot-Citroen, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Volkswagen, Ford, BMW, and Daimler]