Position paper – Proposal for revision of the CO2 targets for cars and vans

EU vehicle manufacturers, united in the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), are fully committed to bringing CO2 emissions down to zero, supporting Europe’s goal of reaching climate neutrality by 2050.

In July 2021, the European Commission published a package of 13 legislative proposals to help achieve a 55% net reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030. This ‘Fit for 55’ climate package seeks to revise several pieces of EU legislation, including Regulation 2019/631 setting CO2 emission performance standards for new cars and vans. It also includes a proposal for an Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation (AFIR).

As this position paper explains, ACEA is concerned by the discrepancy in the level of ambition of the different components of the package. Ambitious car and van CO2 reduction targets are simply not possible if the other puzzle pieces are not equally ambitious.

ACEA calls on the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament to agree on a consistent package of measures. To that end, this paper puts forward the auto industry’s recommendations for the revision of the CO2 Regulation, especially with regard to:

  1. 2025 targets
  2. 2030 targets
  3. 2035 targets
  4. Small volume derogations
  5. Pooling
  6. Change of the slope for vans
Ambitious car and van CO2 reduction targets are simply not possible if the other ‘Fit for 55’ puzzle pieces are not equally ambitious.


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