S&Ds lead the fight to effectively reduce CO2 emissions in the EU from new cars and vans

CO2 logo over car and exhaust fumes

Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament are strongly committed to the transition to a low-carbon economy that will save money for citizens; will bring a new impulse to the EU’s industrial competitiveness; will contribute to curbing climate warming; and will improve human health.
 
Having the right CO2 targets for vehicles is fundamental for this shift. Yesterday evening, the parliamentary committee on the environment and public health backed a report drafted by S&D MEP Miriam Dalli, which calls for a binding target of 20% reduction of CO2 emissions from passenger and commercial light vehicles by 2025 and 45% by 2030.
 
The report also includes proposals to ensure fuel savings for consumers; to stimulate innovation and new technologies that will make it affordable to buy Zero and Low-Emission Vehicles (ZLEVs) in the coming years; the introduction of a real-world CO2 emissions test for type-approval in order to avoid any cheating; and social measures to make sure that no one is left behind during this transition.
 
Miriam Dalli MEP said:
 
“Yesterday’s vote signifies a huge win for the Socialists & Democrats, and for the environment. The 45% CO2 emissions cut by 2030 is a progressive result that will benefit our citizens, the environment and the European Union’s economy.
 
“Everything we stand for has been supported: environment protection, promoting quality jobs, developing a real driving emissions test and promoting innovation and technology, amongst others.
 
“As rapporteur, the social transition and consumer benefits were at the core of my report. I call for targeted programmes at Union, national and regional levels for re-skilling, up-skilling and redeployment of workers, as well as education and job-seeking initiatives. Consumer benefits are endless, with fuel savings being a certainty.
 
“I believe that the strength of this report has been the bringing together of several technologies: this is not about promoting one technology over another, but about having the right policies pushing for a stronger home market.”
 
This report will be voted on by the plenary of the European Parliament.