|Author (Corporate)||European Commission: DG Climate Action|
|Series Details||COM (2021) 556|
Legislative initiative - tabled by the European Commission on 14 July 2021 - introducing amendments to Regulation (EU) 2019/631 as regards the CO2 emission performance standards for new passenger cars and new light commercial vehicles. This is a text with EEA relevance.
Regulation (EU) 2019/631 set new targets for the average CO2 emissions of new passenger cars and vans to help accelerate the transition to low- and zero emission vehicles.
The European Green Deal reaffirmed the European Union's ambition to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. In September 2020, the 2030 Climate Target Plan further raised the ambition by increasing the EU's binding target for 2030 towards at least 55% net emission reduction. The European Climate Law turned the climate neutrality target legally binding.
The Commission's Strategy for Sustainable and Smart Mobility addressed the broader challenges of the transition to zero-emission mobility and set out a corresponding roadmap. The Zero Pollution Action Plan further supports the shift toward zero-emission vehicles. Emission standards for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles were seen as key drivers for reducing CO2 emissions in the sector throughout. This draft law aims to accelerate the transition by requiring average emissions of new cars to come down by 55% from 2030 and 100% from 2035 compared to 2021 levels. All new cars registered as of 2035 should be zero-emission.
The draft law was unveiled by the European Commission on 14 July 2021, as part of the so-called Fit for 55 legislative package.
|Subject Categories||Environment, Mobility and Transport|
|Subject Tags||Atmospheric | Air Pollution, Climate Change, Road Transport|
|Keywords||Greenhouse Gas | GHG Emissions, Light Vehicles
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|