European Union official says CO2 rules beyond 2020 would be tougher image

In November, a new European Commission is ready to take office, and the officials are tasked with some heavy decisions surrounding the auto industry and its ongoing fight against CO2 emissions.

Carlo Pettinelli, the European Commission’s Director of industry and enterprise says the 2021 target of 95 grams per kilometer – already the world’s lowest – could become even stricter.

“The EU could redefine its objectives in a more ambitious or less ambitious sense. We’re at 95 grams per kilometer now for 2020. I would imagine that a further reduction would be requested, if the global reduction for 2030 will be approved. I think the incoming commission will propose a new reduction, but I am not sure it will be for 2025. It could be for another date. It’s a political decision,” says the EU official.

Many auto executives already fret the introduction of the new rules after securing a rather underwhelming rule (with the help of Germany) to postpone the full introduction of the 95-gram standard until 2021 – instead of 2020.
Pettinelli also commented on the EU free trade agreement (FTA) with Japan, after many detractors said the FTA with South Korea didn’t bring many benefits for the European automakers. The official said the experience from that treaty would be definitely put to good use in the new agreement with Japan, which aims in the primary phase to eliminate the non-tariff barriers.

Via Automotive News Europe