Today, the EU takes a new step towards limiting the pollution from vans. The European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission reached an informal agreement on the Commission's proposal setting CO2 emission standards for light commercial vehicles (vans). It still requires formal approval. This proposal is a follow-up of the regulation setting CO2 emission standards for passenger cars and is one of the last outstanding measures announced in the EU Strategy to reduce CO2 emissions from light-duty vehicles.
Connie Hedegaard, Commissioner for Climate Action, said: "I welcome the agreement reached with the Council and the European Parliament to set EU emission standards for vans. The agreed Regulation will make vans less polluting and will contribute to our overall ambition to cut emissions from transport. With the agreed 2020 target, it will stimulate innovation in industry, enabling manufacturers to take full advantage of the transition to a low-carbon economy. It will also generate important fuel-savings for consumers. The agreement in first reading will allow the proposal made by the Commission in 2009 to be rapidly adopted and provide certainty for industry."