With 46 votes in favor, 40 against, and two abstentions, the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) has voted in favor of new CO2 emission performance standards for cars and vans. More specifically, the Committee adopted its position on proposed rules to revise the standards for new cars and vans in line with the EU’s increased climate ambition.

In a new report, MEPs expressed their support for the Commission proposal to reach zero-emission road mobility by 2035. Across it, proposed measures include removing the incentive mechanism for zero- and low-emission vehicles, as the Committee believe it no longer serves its original purpose.

Another is the issuing of a report by the Commission on the progress towards zero-emission road mobility by the end of 2025, and on a yearly basis thereafter. This new report would cover the impact on consumers and employment, the level of renewable energy use, and information on the market for second-hand vehicles. Another report by the Commission, by the end of 2023, would detail the need for targeted funding to ensure a just transition in the automotive sector, to mitigate negative employment and other economic impacts.

In line with the core focus of the vote, the Committee would look to gradually reduce the cap for eco-innovation, in line with the proposed stricter targets (the existing limit of 7 grams of CO2/km should remain until 2024, followed by 5g from 2025, 4 grams from 2027 and 2 grams until the end of 2034). A common EU methodology by the Commission, by 2023, would also be put into place to assess the full life cycle of CO2 emissions of cars and vans placed on the EU market, as well as for the fuels and energy consumed by these vehicles.

The report is scheduled to be adopted during the June plenary sitting and will constitute Parliament’s negotiating position with EU governments on the final shape of the legislation.