Pressiteade

35% CO2 emissions cuts for cars: good for climate and jobs

Strasbourg
, 03.10.2018 - 11:15
Climate change

The EPP Group wants to fight climate change while creating jobs and growth at the same time

"We are convinced that a 35% reduction in CO2 emissions would give the automotive sector the right incentive to introduce more fuel-efficient cars and put low or even zero-emissions cars on the market, such as electric vehicles. But it is important to reach the reductions in a technologically neutral way", said Jens Gieseke MEP, EPP Group Spokesman in the European Parliament’s Environment Committee, ahead of today's vote on CO2 reductions for cars and vans by 2030.

For the EPP Group, these important changes of legislation are crucial in fighting climate change and fulfilling Europe's commitments from the Paris Agreement. However, we regret that once again this issue has been reduced by the European Left into a battle of targets instead of finding balanced common ground that would promote Europe as a standard-maker for the rest of the world.

Gieseke believes that the 40% reduction target supported by the Left has serious consequences: "This would not help the environment; it would, rather, destroy jobs and growth in Europe. It is crucial to do everything to protect the environment and stay ambitious, but we need to remain realistic. I hope our colleagues from the other political groups will see this too."

"Thinking of the fight against climate change, we need to think globally. When do we truly win? We win when others follow our example", said Gieseke, recalling that lower CO2 emissions from vehicles would have direct advantages for consumers.

The European Commission’s original proposal is that average emissions on the new EU fleet of cars will have to be 30 per cent lower that in 2021. For the new EU fleet of vans in 2030, the reduction is also 30 per cent. For 2025, targets for cars and vans are 15 per cent lower that in 2021.

Based on the original proposal from the European Commission, around 170 million tons of CO2 would be reduced in the period from 2020 to 2030, which is equivalent to the total annual emissions of Austria and Greece together. It also says on average, consumers will save up to around €600 for a new car bought in 2025 over a vehicle’s lifetime and up to around €1500 for a new car bought in 2030. With the Left’s over-ambitious proposal, these benefits would diminish.

Märkused toimetajatele
Euroopa Rahvapartei fraktsioon on Euroopa Parlamendi suurim fraktsioon 219 liikmega 28 liikmesriigist

Saadiku kontakt

-
Jens GIESEKE
STR - Phone: +33 (0)3 88 175556 Fax: +33 (0)3 88 179556
E-post: jens.gieseke@europarl.europa.eu

Pressikontakt

Marta Osojnik
Press Officer on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, Pesticides and Slovenian Media
Phone: +32 473 625 868
Boy drinking water from bathroom faucet
23.10.2018 - 17:21

Safe and cheap access to water for all Europeans

When we turn on the tap, we rarely think about where the water comes from, or where it goes afterwards. Water seems limitless, and we often forget it...
Boy drinking water from bathroom faucet
23.10.2018 - 13:24

Safe and cheap water for everyone

EU listens to people's concerns in first ever Citizens’ Initiative Right2Water "The way we use water defines the future of humanity...
Smart Borders
23.10.2018 - 09:09

Functioning and safe Schengen area requires clear EU rules

Schengen is one of Europe’s success stories but further action is needed to ensure that the freedom of movement is not put at risk. A report...
photo of the students in a classroom
22.10.2018 - 19:01

Erasmus+: EPP Group proposes concrete steps for programme

Today, the European Parliament’s (EP) Culture and Education Committee presented its draft Report on the Erasmus+ Programme authored by Milan...

Nädala tippsündmused

22.10.2018 - 26.10.2018
Border Entry / Exit signage between UK and France

Schengen Information System

The European Parliament will vote on Thursday on its final approval of the improved Schengen Information System (SIS) which locates wanted persons...
Discarded and polluting plastic garbage on sand

Reducing plastic waste

The EPP Group is in favour of new rules to reduce plastic pollution in Europe. The rules will be voted on in the European Parliament on Wednesday....
Young woman drinking glass of water

Safer drinking water for all

We want everyone to have access to quality water that is affordable and safe. On Tuesday, MEPs will approve changes to the new law on water safety...
Believe in People campaign, Alexandre Demé