Europe – four EU members and green politicians call for tougher 2025 auto emissions standard image

Four of the member nations in the European Union and European politicians that have green views have asked the European Commission to deliver a “challenging” 2025 emissions standard for new autos next year.

The European Union has seen a successful impact on air quality from limiting the emissions of carbon dioxide in new cars, also cutting fuel consumption in the benefit of the owners. The current limit is set for 2021 – 95 grams of carbon dioxide (g/km) per kilometer – but it was a heated and lengthy debate among the members of the EU. The limit has had to wave concessions to Germany, which is the birth place of the world’s three largest luxury automakers and Europe’s biggest carmaker. In a letter recently sent to the European Commission, the environment or transport ministers from Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands and Sweden have asked the Commission to publicize next year “challenging new targets for 2025″, though they refrained from putting on paper a specific level they envision.

Separately, a group of environmental-friendly centre-right and liberal members of the European Parliament also asked the Commission in a subsequent letter to confirm the 2016 publication date for the 2025 emissions levels. In the letter they reminded the Commission in the past has said it would envision an emissions range of 68-78 g/km. On Thursday, the Climate and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete said he envisioned road transport – which currently makes up around 20 percent of carbon emissions in the EU – playing an active role in achieving the overall EU goal of dropping annual emissions by more than 40 percent by 2030.