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New objectives from the EU

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On November 8th, the European Commission presented a mobility package in which it proposes more ambitious targets for the average CO2 emissions of cars and lightweight vehicles in order to accelerate the transition to low and zero emissions vehicles.

The intention is to provide a further tool for achieving the objectives of the Paris agreement and, at the same time, to strengthen the Union’s global leadership on clean vehicles.

In fact, the Commission proposes that CO2 emissions targets to be met by manufacturers are reduced by 30% by 2030 and by 15% by 2025 (compared with the targets set for 2021: 95 gCO2 / Km for cars and 147 gCO2 / Km for light commercial vehicles), with awards for manufacturers that will market vehicles with emissions below 50 grams per Km.

The package also includes: a directive that promotes solutions for clean mobility in public infrastructure; an action plan and investment solutions for the development of trans-European distribution infrastructure of alternative fuels with the aim of increasing the level of individual national plan ambitions ; the revision of the laws regarding combined transportation, which promotes the combined use of different ways to transport goods (i.e. long haul trucks and trains); the Bus Passenger Services Directive, which encourages the development of long-haul connections; an initiative on batteries with integrated industrial policy objectives so that vehicles and other future mobility solutions and their components are developed and produced in the EU.

A worldwide competition for developing clean cars has started – states Mr. Miguel Arias Cañete, commissioner for Climate and Energy – and it can’t be stopped. Europe must step up if it wants to lead and guide this global change. Today we want to invest in Europe and we want to cut pollution in order to respect the commitment made in Paris of reducing emissions by at least 40% before 2030.

For Mrs. Violeta Bulc, the commissioner for transportation, with this package of directives the Commission intervenes decisively in response to an increasingly important challenge: to reconcile Europe’s mobility needs with the protection of health and our planet. All of the aspects of this challenge will be taken into consideration: we will promote cleaner vehicles, we will make available and more accessible alternative energy and we will optimize our transportation system.

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