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European Parliament adopts new CO2 emission standards for cars and vans

The European Parliament has approved new CO2 emission standards for new cars and vans in the EU for the 2021-2030 period, in line with the European decarbonation policy and plans to modernise the EU mobility sector. Emissions from new cars will have to be 37.5% lower and emissions from new vans 31% lower, compared to 2021. Technology-neutral incentive mechanism for zero- and low-emission vehicles will be introduced, covering electric or fuel cell vehicles, and vehicles with tailpipe emissions of less than 50 gCO2/km (mainly plug-in hybrid vehicles).

In February 2019, the European Commission and the European Parliament reached a provisional agreement on new CO2 emission standards for trucks for the period after 2020. It stipulated that CO2 emissions from new trucks will have to be 30% lower in 2030 compared to the 2019 emissions. This agreement will have to be formally approved by the European Parliament and the Council to enter into force immediately.

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