EU deal on cleaner and cheaper cars

Last night a deal was reached between MEPs and national ministers in Brussels on EU targets to reduce CO2 emissions in cars.

The deal confirms the 2020 target of 95g CO2/km and puts a cap on super credits that are used to reward manufacturers of polluting cars if they also produce low carbon cars such as electric, hydrogen and hybrid vehicles. 

The leader of the UK Liberal Democrat MEPs and European energy spokesperson Fiona Hall said:

“This deal will not only give much needed certainty to manufacturers and boost the production of low carbon cars; it will also benefit drivers by making cars more fuel efficient and cheaper to run.

“By capping the amount of super credits we have put in place a safeguard against weakening the overall CO2 target whilst incentivising manufacturers to invest in low carbon vehicles.”  

A Commission impact assessment estimates that the deal could be as much as EUR 1,000 (around £850) for an average driver and save up to 6% of UK oil imports by 2020.

Ms Hall added:

“MEPs also pushed for a revision of the test cycle for cars based on the new global standard currently being developed to ensure that consumers get a fair deal when they buy a new car and know how fuel efficient it is on the road as compared to an ideal test scenario.

“We need in-service testing similar to the practice already in place in the US  where a new car on a representative basis is checked on whether it performs as well on the road as in the test cycle.”

MEPs and national governments have asked the Commission to implement the new test procedures as soon as feasible.

The deal reached last night will now have to be approved by EU Member States and the Parliament’s plenary before coming into force.


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