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Commission takes action to reinforce EU's global leadership in clean vehicles

1116 commissionOn the 8th of November, at the same time as the international climate conference takes place in Bonn, the European Commission took a decisive step forward in implementing the EU's commitments under the Paris Agreement for a binding domestic CO2 reduction of at least 40% till 2030.

With the entering into force of the Paris Agreement, the international community has committed to move towards a modern low-carbon economy, while the automotive industry is undergoing profound transformation. The EU must seize this opportunity and become a global leader. To maintain market shares and to accelerate the transition towards low and zero emission vehicles, the Commission proposed new targets for the EU fleet wide average CO2 emissions of new passenger cars and vans that will apply from 2025 and 2030 respectively.

The proposals establish ambitious, realistic and enforceable rules to help secure a level playing field between actors in the industry operating in Europe. The package will also put in place a clear direction of travel towards achieving the EU's agreed commitments under the Paris Agreement and will stimulate both innovation in new technologies and business models, and a more efficient use of all modes for the transport of goods.

The proposed CO2 emission reduction targets are based on sound analysis and broad stakeholder involvement, from NGOs to industry. The proposals will be boosted by targeted financial instruments to ensure a swift deployment.

The Clean Mobility Package includes the following documents:

  • New CO2 standards to help manufacturers to embrace innovation and supply low-emission vehicles to the market. The proposal also includes targets both for 2025 and 2030, which help pushing the transition from conventional combustion-engine vehicles to clean ones.
  • The Clean Vehicles Directive to promote clean mobility solutions in public procurement tenders and thereby provide a solid boost to the demand and to the further deployment of clean mobility solutions.
  • An action plan and investment solutions for the trans-European deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure.
  • The revision of the Combined Transport Directive, which promotes the combined use of different modes for freight transport.
  • The Directive on Passenger Coach Services, which will contribute to further reducing transport emissions and road congestion as well as offer additional, better quality and more affordable mobility options, particularly for people on low income.
  • The battery initiative has strategic importance to the EU's integrated industrial policy so that the vehicles and other mobility solutions and their components will be invented and produced in the EU.

After 'Europe on the Move' was presented in May 2017, this package is the second mobility package that the Commission presents this year and the latest step in turning the principles set by the Low-Emission Mobility strategy into concrete action.

The Clean Mobility proposals will be sent to the co-legislators and the Commission calls on all stakeholders to work closely together to ensure the swift adoption and implementation of these different proposals and measures, so that the benefits for the EU's industry, businesses, workers and citizens can be maximised and generated as soon as possible.

More information is available here.

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