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EU: New Commission targets for CO2 emissions for cars include some 'leeway'
Author: Peter Teffer, EU Observer, Published on: 14 November 2017
"New Commission CO2 rules for cars include some 'leeway'", 8 November 2017
The European Commission proposed [...] that cars should emit 30 percent less carbon dioxide (CO2) by 2030 compared to 2021 - but said that under certain conditions carmakers will be allowed to miss the target.The complex proposal ties the CO2 reduction target to an incentive mechanism to increase the European production of electric cars... If a car manufacturer has increased its share of low emission vehicles in its fleet to more than 30 percent by 2030, it will receive credits that it can use if it is unable to meet the 30 percent CO2 reduction target. "This leeway is what we have in the context of our regulation. … Manufacturers react only when they get something in return," an EU official told journalists... Regardless of the offsetting possibility, many environmental groups and left-wing politicians were quick to say the 30 percent CO2 reduction goal itself was not ambitious enough... Like with a previous target for 2020, there was heavy lobbying ahead of the publication of the commission proposal... Meanwhile, there are indications that several carmakers will face difficulties in achieving the 2021 target... [refers to Hyundai-Kia, Peugeot-Citroen, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Volkswagen, Ford, BMW, and Daimler]