On 14 July 2021, as part of the ‘Fit for 55’ Package, the European Commission proposed an amended Regulation 2019/631 on CO2 emission performance standards for new registered passenger cars and new light commercial vehicles.
The aim of the proposal is to align the Regulation with the EU’s climate objective of reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030. The legislative proposal also aims at stimulating innovation and affordability in zero-tailpipe emissions technology as well as improving air quality and energy savings.
The proposal sets a requirement for average (tailpipe) emissions of new cars to drop by 55% from 2030 and 100% from 2035, compared to 2021 levels. As a result, all new cars registered from 2035 will need to be zero (tailpipe) emission. For new vans, the reduction targets are 50% and 100%, respectively.
The FIA European Bureau supports the broad approach taken by the European Commission in its “Fit for 55” Package. Nevertheless, these proposals must be well-aligned with each other to get consumers onboard and mitigate adverse effects on the most vulnerable. Our paramount objective is to ensure that, in the future, motorists will enjoy at least the same levels of convenience and affordability that they do today.