The Council of Ministers today agreed on CO2 emission standards for new cars and vans in the EU for the period after 2020. In 2030, emissions from new cars will have to be 37.5% lower and emissions from new vans 31% lower, compared to 2021.
Today’s agreement confirms the European Parliament vote of 27 March and finalises the formal adoption of new rules which will contribute to decarbonising and modernising Europe’s mobility sector.
The new CO2 standards are a stepping stone towards a climate-neutral economy in line with the EU's commitments under the Paris Agreement and as part of the implementation of the Energy Union.
Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete said: “The adoption of the legislation setting new CO2 emission standards for cars and vans is an important achievement. We are putting the transport sector on the right pathway towards clean mobility, helping EU industry to modernise and strengthen its competitive position in the global stage.”
The endorsement by the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers will be followed by the publication of the texts in the Official Journal of the Union, and the new legislation will enter into force 20 days after publication.