In 2007, the European Commission decided to evaluate different options for the design of the necessary legislative framework, in particular relating to reaching the 130 g/km objective through vehicle technology. A public consultation was used to gather views on the implementation of the Commission’s proposed strategy as well as to receive stakeholder inputs and ideas on the possible options available for designing the legislative framework, including the economic, social and environmental aspects of the said options. In particular, the Commission sought further input for its impact assessment in terms of costs and benefits for the implementation of the various elements of the strategy proposed.
In its communications, the Commission had identified several principles, which were to be taken into account with regard to the future legislative framework. Notably, it should be designed "so as to ensure competitively neutral and socially equitable and sustainable reduction targets which are equitable to the diversity of the European automobile manufacturers and avoid any unjustified distortion of competition between automobile manufacturers.” Furthermore, the Commission expected the future framework to be technology neutral in the sense that it would not refer or give preference to any specific technology which could be used to obtain the objective. Finally, the CO2 reductions to be achieved through the future legislative framework should be measurable, monitorable, accountable and avoid double-counting of CO2 reductions.For further information on the process leading from the consultation to the adoption of the final legislation, click here: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/air/transport/co2/co2_home.htm