The decision to entirely outlaw new CO2-emitting automobiles by 2035 was revealed by negotiators on Thursday. EU member states and legislators. Pascal Canfin, a French MEP who heads the environment committee of the European Parliament, tweeted:
“We have just finished negotiations on CO2 levels for cars. Historic EU decision for the climate which definitively confirms the target of 100 percent zero-emission vehicles in 2035 with intermediary phases between 2025 and 2030.”
On Thursday, negotiations between the 27 EU member states’ representatives to the European Council and the European Parliament got under way. The meeting’s objective was to come to a decision about the future of automobiles driven by internal combustion engines (ICEs).
Ursula von der Leyen, president of the Commission, said that the discussions support the EU’s transition to a carbon-free future. According to her, cars presently contribute 12% of the EU’s overall CO2 emissions, with transportation contributing about 25%.
Concerned that some of the standards will place an excessively high financial burden on EU manufacturers competing against international rivals with simpler targets, conservative parliamentarians and Germany have voiced their opposition to them.
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