European Union decided to ban sale of diesel and petrol cars from 2035

Anushka Khare Posted on: 2022-10-29 09:15:00 Viewer: 2,079 Comments: 0 Country: Belgium City: Brussel

European Union decided to ban sale of diesel and petrol cars from 2035

Brussel, Belgium (Urban Transport News): The European Parliament and Council reached an agreement on the Commission's proposal to place a ban on the sale of new cars and vans with combustion engines from 2035 on 28th October 2022.

The decision marks the first step in the adoption of the "Fit for 55" legislative proposals, the EU's target of reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030. It was tabled by the Commission in July 2021 and essentially concerns the sale of new petrol and diesel cars, light commercial vehicles as well as hybrids (petrol-electric). From 2035 the sale of these vehicles will be banned.

Following the announcement Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, said, “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. 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.” 

This clear signal to manufacturers and citizens 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. This new legislation will make the EU's transport system more sustainable, provide cleaner air for Europeans and marks an important step in delivering the European Green Deal.

“This is the make-or-break decade in the fight against the climate and biodiversity crises. The European Union has set ambitious targets and today we present how we can meet them. Getting to a green and healthy future for all will require considerable effort in every sector and every Member State. Together, our proposals will spur the necessary changes, enable all citizens to experience the benefits of climate action as soon as possible, and provide support to the most vulnerable households. Europe's transition will be fair, green and competitive", Timmermans added.

The European Green Deal, presented by the Commission on 11 December 2019, sets the goal of making Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. The European Climate Law, which enters into force this month, enshrines in binding legislation the EU's commitment to climate neutrality and the intermediate target of reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels.The EU's commitment to reduce its net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030 was communicated to the UNFCCC in December 2020 as the EU's contribution to meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement.

The EU's long-term budget for the next seven years will provide support to the green transition. 30% of programmes under the €2 trillion 2021-2027 Multiannual Financial Framework and NextGenerationEU are dedicated to supporting climate action; 37% of the €723.8 billion (in current prices) Recovery and Resilience Facility, which will finance Member States' national recovery programmes under NextGenerationEU, is allocated to climate action.

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