35 percent – this is the value the ministers of the 28 EU member states managed to agree on during their long hours of negotiating limits of carbon dioxide emissions of new cars. The measure will only come into effect by 2030 and still has to pass Parliament.
The EU Parliament had actually taken a tougher stance and proposed 40 percent less CO2 emissions by 2030 compared to 2021 levels last week following a recommendation by the Environmental Committee. Yet, the member states had to resort to a compromise as the mighty Auto nation Germany blocked a more ambitious target with the help of some Eastern European nations. France had followed the EU Parliament’s proposal despite the country’s strong car industry.
Also with regards to the intermediate 2025 targets, the ministers took a step back from the initial 20 percent to now 15 percent. Still, the targets now on the table are tighter than the EU Commission’s initial draft that called for 15 percent by 2025 and 30 percent by 2030 compared to 2021 levels.
In the end, it was the golden mean and forms the basis for negotiations with the European Parliament commencing today.