Europe’s automakers are getting ready to hit the discussion table with European Union officials and green supporters later on this month to start addressing the early discussions on the upcoming 2030 emissions standards.
The new cars delivered in Europe in 2030 are seen likely forced to abide a very tough Co2 standard and the meeting is most likely going to give way to a battle. That’s because manufacturers are already complaining that dropping the emission by 34 percent in two decades was the best they could do and they might not be able to drop below that limit. European Commission officials and environmentalists will most likely have a different view and would try to propose further improvements to lower even more the Co2 limit, usually seen as a major issue that affects climate changes. On June 18 the Commission is going to deliver new studies across numerous areas – from the aspects of Co2 cuts, the technologies that can assist the automakers to whether implementing new changes would affect their profits and competitiveness.
The European Union has already decided to have the maximum, fleet-wide, Co2 emissions at 95 grams per kilometer by 2021, even as the current average is rather far, at 123.4g/km. And the European Parliament approved last year in a vote a planned Co2 reduction to 68g/km to 78g/km for 2025. ACEA, the auto industry’s main association, believes that “delivering on that aim requires ever greater technical investments to achieve smaller reductions.” And the upcoming 2030 goal is naturally believed to be even lower as the EU wants transportation, housing and agricultural emissions to drop by 30 percent over a decade.
Via Automotive News Europe