NEWS: EU lawmakers may push 70% emission cut on carmakers by 2030

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The European Parliament’s environment committee (ENVI) is due to vote on mandatory CO2 standards for car manufacturers on Wednesday (11 May), with the possibility of calling for a 70% reduction target by 2030. EURACTIV France reports.

Manufacturers are already being pushed to build cars that emit less CO2, including electric vehicles. Wednesday’s vote will determine how fast companies will have to transition production and when they will have to stop selling combustion engine vehicles.

The phase-out date for combustion engine vehicles is a topic that is “regularly reopened, mainly by the EPP [European People’s Party, centre-right], which considers that there should be no end to the combustion engine in 2035,” Pascal Canfin, ENVI committee chairman, told a press briefing on Monday.

At the vote, MEPs are expected to propose a target of 70% reduction by 2030 in the number of vehicles being produced that emit greenhouse gases.

By comparison, the European Commission has set a 55% reduction target for reducing CO2-emitting vehicles for 2030, and a full phase-out for 2050.

 

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