Extracts from the press conference by Stavros Dimas, Member of the EC in charge of the Environment, on regulation on CO2 emissions standards for light commercial vehicles.
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 28/10/2009
At the press conference of the 27/10/2009 in Brussels, Stavros Dimas, Member of the EC in charge of Environment, presented a proposal for a legislation to reduce the average CO 2 emissions of light commercial vehicles (vans) to 175 grams per kilometre.
The proposal will be phased in from 2014 to 2016, and contains a long term emission reduction target of 135 g/km by 2020. The format of the proposed legislation is similar to the proposals on passenger cars agreed at the end of 2008.
It is one of the last outstanding elements of the EU's strategy to improve the fuel economy of light-duty vehicles which account for about 12% of the EU's total carbon emissions. The proposal underlines the EU's commitment to putting in place concrete measures to deliver on its greenhouse gas commitments in the run-up to the Copenhagen climate conference.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||General view of the conference press room
||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Stavros Dimas, Member of the EC in charge of Environment: Manufacturers will have to make sure that average emissions from new vans registered in the Community do not exceed the targets set in this regulation. From 2014, the proposal will provide for average emissions of CO2 from light commercial vehicles of 175 g/km. This target will be phased in to 2016. In 2014, 75% of manufactured vehicles will have to comply. This will rise to 80% in 2015 and cover 100% of vehicles in 2016.
||Cutaway of press
||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Stavros Dimas: This is one of the purposes that this regulation serves; to cover the regulatory gap that we had after we had the car legislation and the possibility that some car manufacturers will type approve passenger cars as vans. This is exactly what we are doing. By this regulation we do not permit these loopholes.
||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Stavros Dimas on EU commitment for COP15: I am sure that our leaders will find a way to answer the concerns of some of our countries like Poland or other countries, and will find a solution which will be equitable, and fair for everybody, and at the same time will keep up our promise to put on the table of the negotiations in Copenhagen defending the financing which is necessary. Because this way, we shall persuade other developed countries to do the same and developing countries will have an additional reason to agree on an ambitious, global, comprehensive and binding international agreement in Copenhagen.
||Illustrative material - light commercial vehicles and impact of climate change (19 shots)