Europe to cut emissions significantly by 2030
15 November 2017 | Adaptation
The European Union is looking to cap CO2 emissions at a maximum of 66.5g/km for cars and 103g/km for vans by 2030. A 2021 baseline figure for cars and vans had already been set at 95g/km and 147g/km, respectively, meaning almost a one-third emissions reduction will need to be made by car manufacturer in the intervening period.
Those baseline numbers translate to an average fuel consumption rating of 3.6L/100km for a diesel car, or 4.1L/100km for a petrol-powered car. After the 30 per cent drop, the respective fuel figures will need to fall to 2.5 and 2.9L/100km. An interim target of a 15 percent reduction by 2025 is planned to “give investments a kick start.” Every vehicle that doesn’t comply will face a 95 Euro penalty for every gramme over the limit.
Of note, the European Commission still believes that during that time frame 80 percent of new vehicles sold will still feature an internal combustion engine. That means widespread manufacturing of efficient hybrid vehicles needs to happen, as well as a big push for fully electric vehicles. Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the Commission, said that the plan will not only help fight climate change but will also help the EU meet the terms of the Paris Agreement.
The EU has no quotas for zero emissions vehicles, and is actually allocating 800 million euros for developing electric car charging infrastructure, and another 200 million euros supporting battery development.
This announcement comes after France proposed banning ICE-powered cars by 2040, and the UK said it would stop selling non-hybrid vehicles by then.