The European Union has imposed a new, stricter CO2 limit, compromising in a feud with Germany – the new limit would be imposed later than initially planned, in 2021 – in a move that would ease part of the costs for the automakers.

In Strasbourg, France, the European parliament voted to get the average car-CO2 emissions to 95 g/km in 2021 –though according to a statement, the targets for each car manufacturer actually vary individually.

The current EU rules, that would take effect from 2015 have the average CO2 limit at a maximum of 130 g/km, while the 95 g/km limit should have been achieved in 2020.

“This one year delay to the car emissions law was an unnecessary weakening to please luxury German carmakers. Nevertheless, the final agreement is still a good deal for the environment, EU economy and drivers – reducing fuel use and CO2 emissions by 27 percent over 6 years,” said Greg Archer, clean vehicles manager at Brussels-based lobby group Transport & Environment.

The final approval of the new limit should be a formality, completed in the coming weeks, as all the members of the EU expressed support for the compromise deal that would see the new 95 g/km imposed by 2020 to 95% of the automakers and 100% in 2021.

Via Automotive News Europe


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