Vote on the 2020 target to reduce CO2 emissions from new passenger cars:
- extracts from the vote
- statement by Thomas ULMER (EPP, DE), rapporteur
EP Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - EP
End production: 24/04/2013 First transmission: 24/04/2013
To reduce the CO2 emissions of new cars sold in the EU to 95g/km by 2020, from 130g today, clean-car innovation should be encouraged by giving "super-credit" weightings to each maker's cleaner cars and setting more ambitious longer-term reduction targets, said the Environment Committee on Wednesday.
MEPs approved a draft law setting out rules for achieving the 95g target (rapporteur Thomas Ulmer, EPP, DE), by 47 votes to 17 with 1 abstention, but also added indicative targets for post-2020 CO2 emissions: a range of 68 to 78g from 2025. These emission limits are the average maximum allowed for car makers registered in the EU. Makers producing fewer than 1,000 cars a year should be exempt from the legislation, say MEPs. Car makers would therefore have to produce, in addition to older, heavier or polluting models, enough cleaner ones to achieve a balance of 95g in 2020, on pain of penalties.
To achieve this, makers could use "super credits", which assign a favorable weighting to cars that emit less than 50g of CO2. Within each manufacturer's balance, each of these extra clean cars would count as 3.5 cars in 2013, falling to 1.3 from 2020 to 2023 and 1 from 2024 for cars emitting less than 35g CO2. Any increase in the emissions target for each manufacturer deriving from the “super-credits” calculation would be capped at 2g. MEPs also say it should not be possible to transfer any unused super-credits from one year to another. Towards more reliable testing procedures The committee notes that recent studies show that manufacturers have exploited weaknesses in today's procedure for testing cars' environmental performance, with the result that official consumption and emission figures are far from those achieved in everyday driving conditions.
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||Exterior view of the European Parliament building in Brussels
||Cutaways of the meeting during the vote (9 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (English) Thomas ULMER (EPP, DE), rapporteur: "I am very happy with the vote. I think the vote would be a good basis for the negotiations with the Council and the European Commission. We will have "super-credits"; we will have a range for the 2025 targets. All the things that I wanted have come true and now I am very hopeful that we can manage a good proposal."