European Ministers Back CO2 Emission Standards For Cars & Vans

Reprinted by the European Parliament.

  • Support for the 2035 zero-emission target for road mobility
  • Encourages a method for assessing the full life cycle of CO2 emissions
  • Mitigated the negative economic impact of the transition with targeted funding

MEPs in the Environment Committee are in favor of a path towards zero-emission mobility on roads in 2035 for new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles.

The Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) adopted on Wednesday by 46 votes to 40, with 2 abstentions, on its position on proposed rules to revise the CO2 emission performance standards for new cars and vans in line with the EU’s increased climate ambition.

In the report, MEPs expressed their support for the Commission’s proposal to achieve zero-emission road mobility by 2035.

Proposed measures include:

  • removal of the incentive mechanism for zero and low emission vehicles (‘ZLEV’) as it no longer serves its original purpose;
  • a report from the Commission on progress towards zero-emission road mobility before the end of 2025 and on an annual basis thereafter, covering the impact on consumers and employment, the level of renewable energy consumption and information on the used vehicle market;
  • gradually to reduce ceiling for eco-innovationin line with the proposed more stringent targets (the existing limit of 7 g CO2 / km should remain until 2024, followed by 5 g from 2025, 4 g from 2027 and 2 g until the end of 2034);
  • a report from the Commission before the end of 2023 describing the need for targeted funding to ensure a fair transition in the automotive sector to mitigate negative employment and other economic consequences;
  • a common EU approach by the Commission by 2023 to assess full life cycle of CO2 emissions from passenger cars and vans marketed on the EU market, as well as for fuel and energy consumed by these vehicles.

Rapporteur Jan Huitema (Renew, NL) said: “This regulation encourages the production of zero and low emission vehicles. With CO2 standards, we create clarity for the car industry and stimulate innovation and investment for car manufacturers. In addition, it will be cheaper for consumers to buy and drive in “Zero-emission cars. This is especially important now that diesel and petrol prices continue to rise. This regulation makes sustainable driving accessible to all!”

Next step

The report is scheduled to be adopted in plenary in June and will be Parliament’s negotiating position with EU governments on the final drafting of legislation.


On 14 July 2021, as part of the “Fit for 55” package, the Commission presented a bill to revise the CO2 emission standards for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. The proposal aims to contribute to the EU’s 2030 and 2050 climate objectives, to deliver benefits to citizens by using wider zero-emission vehicles (better air quality, energy savings and lower cost of owning a vehicle) and to stimulate innovation in zero-emission technologies.



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