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EU reaches deal to ban new combustion engine cars by 2035

The European Parliament and Council agreed that all new cars and vans registered in Europe will be zero-emission by 2035. As an intermediary step towards zero emissions, the new CO2 standards will also require average emissions of new cars to come down by 55 per cent by 2030, and new vans by 50 per cent by 2030.

Just ahead of the COP27, the agreement marks the first step in the adoption of the EU’s flagship Fit for 55 legislative proposals tabled by the European Commission and demonstrates the EU’s domestic implementation of its international climate commitments.

“The agreement sends a strong signal to industry and consumers: Europe is embracing the shift to zero-emission mobility. European carmakers are already proving they are ready to step up to the plate, with increasing and increasingly affordable electric cars coming to the market,” said Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, Frans Timmermans.

The speed at which this change has happened over the past few years is remarkable. It is no wonder that this file is the first one in the entire Fit for 55 package where Member States and the European Parliament have come to a final deal,” underlined the Vice-President.

The Commission welcomed the deal as a clear signal to manufacturers and citizens that will accelerate the production and sale of low- and zero-emission vehicles and put road transport on a firm path to climate neutrality by 2050.

Transportation is now the second-largest source of emissions in the EU. According to Eurostat, all main source sectors, except transport, have reduced their greenhouse gas emissions compared to 1990. The EU has committed to more than halving its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

This legislation aims to make the EU’s transport system more sustainable, provide cleaner air for Europeans and marks an important step in delivering the European Green Deal. In the wake of Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, the agreement also demonstrates the EU’s commitment to its net-zero targets and the clean energy transition, accelerating its efforts to become the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050.

The provisional agreement now requires formal adoption by the Parliament and the Council. Once this process is completed, the new legislation will be published in the Official Journal of the Union and enter into force.

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