European Union member states have weakened a proposal by the bloc’s executive arm aimed at reducing vehicle emissions.
The European Commission last year proposed updated pollution standards for new vehicles with internal combustion engines expected to remain on European roads after their sale is banned in 2035 by the 27-nation bloc, aimed at reducing tailpipe emissions. brakes and tires.
The Commission hoped the new guidelines would help reduce nitrogen oxide emissions from cars and trucks by 35% compared to current emissions regulations for non-carbon dioxide pollutants and by 56% from buses and trucks.
However, several member states and carmakers pushed for weaker legislation and agreed on Monday to a watered-down compromise proposed by Spain’s rotating EU presidency.
Instead, Member States decided to keep the existing emission limits and test conditions for cars and trucks and reduce them only for buses and heavy commercial vehicles. They also agreed to lower brake particulate emission limits and tire friction rate emissions.
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The standards are separate from but intended to complement EU climate change rules for CO2.
“The Spanish Presidency was sensitive to the different requirements and requests of the Member States and we believe that, with this proposal, we have achieved broad support, a balance in the investment costs of the construction marks and improve the environmental benefits resulting from the regulation”, said Hector Gómez Hernandez, Spain’s Acting Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism.
The position adopted by the member states will be subject to negotiation with the European Parliament once the legislators have determined their position.
EU lawmakers and member states reached an agreement last year to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and trucks by 2035. The deal was part of the bloc’s “Fit for 55” package, which the European Commission created to achieve the target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 55% during this decade.
Under the deal, carmakers will have to cut emissions from new cars sold by 55% in 2030, compared to 2021, before reaching a 100% reduction five years later.
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The Commission considered that the introduction of new pollution rules for the latest generation of internal combustion engines was vital because vehicles entering the market before the 2035 deadline would remain in service for years.
According to the EU, emissions from transport are responsible for around 70,000 premature deaths each year in the bloc.