20 December 2018
The European Parliament and the Council reached a political agreement on strong rules to decarbonise and modernise the mobility sector on 17/12/2018. They provisionally agreed on new CO2 emission standards for cars and light vans in the EU for the period after 2020, emissions from new cars will have to be 37.5% lower in 2030 compared to 2021 and emissions from new vans will have to be 31% lower.
The agreement is part and parcel of the clean mobility package and a stepping stone towards the modernisation of the European mobility sector, preparing it for climate neutrality in the second half of the century. The Clean mobility package was proposed to ensure that Europe takes decisive action to reduce emissions in the fields of transport and stays competitive. While delivering on our commitments under the Paris Agreement, the aim is also to improve air quality for the benefit of all Europeans. The legislative proposal is part of implementing the Juncker Commission priority of a resilient Energy Union and a forward-looking climate change policy.
Following this political agreement, the text of the Regulation will have to be formally approved by the European Parliament and the Council. Once endorsed by both co-legislators in the coming months, the Regulation will be published in the Official Journal of the Union and will immediately enter into force.