The European Commission released its strategy to reduce CO2 emissions from cars post 2020. FIA Region I welcomes the proposal, which includes carbon reduction targets for 2025 and 2030, but calls for both the Parliament and Council to closely assess the likely effectiveness of the proposal to reduce emissions in the real world.
FIA Region I Director General, Laurianne Krid said: “It’s good to see a proposal on the table, which emphasises how sustainability and competitiveness go hand in hand for the European industry. We welcome the ambition to facilitate consumer access to affordable, new and cleaner types of mobility. We will be analysing the proposal in depth to make sure that it can deliver in the real world as well as on paper.”
The Commission proposal fails to include a real world test of both CO2 and fuel consumption so as to keep a track of real world performance. Without this approach, which is now the norm for air pollutants, it will be difficult, if not impossible to keep a track of on-road emissions performance.
Earlier this week, FIA Region I commissioned a study by ITF concerning the benefits of reducing car weight to lower emissions. The study showed that lighter vehicles are a viable and sustainable method to achieve a significant reduction in emissions. The Commission’s proposal must also be strengthened, to encourage weight reduction.
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