The Parliament’s ENVI Committee encouragingly voted yesterday to increase the level of ambition for a 2025 CO2 reduction target for cars which if adopted should help the environment and reduce costs for motorists. The Committee also called for stronger measures to ensure CO2 reductions are achieved in the real world and controversially backed more aggressive sales targets for electric cars.
The European Commission originally proposed reduction targets of 15% by 2025 and 30% by 2030. The ENVI Committee voted in favour of a 20% reduction target for 2025, and a 45% target for a 2030 – to be reviewed. The MEPs also backed measures to ensure the real world effectiveness of the targets including using onboard fuel consumption meters to measure real world effectiveness.
FIA Region I Director General, Laurianne Krid, said: ‘The proposal of the ENVI Committee is promising as further cuts in CO2 by 2025 will mean savings for consumers as the fuel economy of cars should improve. For 2030, although we understand the need to set out long term CO2 reduction goals, the review clause will be an important and necessary step in seeing how appropriate the target ends up being.’
The ENVI Committee also backed significant targets for electric vehicle sales for 2025 and 2030. FIA Region I has always held the position that if CO2 targets are set ambitiously enough, that a sales mandate is unnecessary.
The ENVI Committee also voted to stick with using the mass of vehicles to set car maker specific targets. Such a measure is thought to incentivise the production of heavier cars that emit more CO2.