European Union finalises tough CO2 targets for 2030 – which car industry has warned could affect jobs
James Attwood, digital editor
18 December 2018

The European Union (EU) has agreed to cut carbon emissions from cars by 37.5% within a decade.

The new targets are part of a wide EU push to reduce total greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030, but there has long been a divide between lawmakers and countries with large car industries – particularly Germany – over the targets to set for car emissions. 

The European Parliament agreed a compromise on Monday to set a 2030 target of reducing car emissions by 37.5% compared with 2021. Van emissions will be reduced by 31% over the same time frame. The EU Parliament had initially wanted a 40% cut, while the original EU executive proposal was a reduction of 30%. 

The European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) last month warned that a then-planned target of a 35% reduction between 2021 and 2030 would force firms to focus on electric cars to meet the requirements. It added that this could have an impact on jobs as demand for locally produced combustion engines fell.

According to EU data, the average emission level of a new car sold in 2017 was 118.5g/km of CO2, a decrease of 22g/km from 2010 levels. The car industry had already been set a target to reduce emission levels to a fleet average of 95g/km by 2021 with fines of €95 (£85) for each g/km a fleet average is exceeded by.

The 2021 targets are reportedly already proving a challenge for some car firms to meet, particularly because the introduction of the tougher WLTP emissions test procedure has increased the recorded CO2 emissions of a number of vehicles.

The German automobile association (VDA) told Reuters that while the new legislation would set tough targets, it provided few incentives for drivers to switch to electric vehicles.

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18 December 2018

Luckily we will be out by then and we will have taken back control of poisoning our children.

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18 December 2018

I love these arbitrary targets that the EU come up with. Prats. No idea how the Industry are going to meet them of course.

Apparently this will 'force' them to build EV's.....but what if the buying public dont want EV's with their excessive costs and limitations.

I am led to believe that I live in a 'free' country, and I will not be told what to do/think.

I will resist driving an EV till the day I hand up my driving licence.

18 December 2018

Surely "saving the Planet" is enough of an incentive????

The Germans are really worried about this move to Electrification because they know there will be 100's of thousands of job losses in their car industry due to the move to electric. All those engineers developing all those Petrol & Diesel engines & gearbox variants & all the production staff will be out of work!!! 

(Won't affect us that much in the UK because we're not a major car manufacturing country)

18 December 2018

The Germans are an industrious bunch and I'm sure will find alternatives to refocus on. The British however couldn't organize a pissup in a brewery.

18 December 2018

Not to worry at all, develop hybrids and electrics. Some Hybrids nowadays would alrwady comply with those 2030 emission targets so the best engine and gearbox engineers will keep their jobs. 

All those trash electric startups will be dead on arrival however.

18 December 2018

If BEV's take 20% of the market and improvements to the ICE/Hybrid configuarations continue then reducing CO2 by a third is not such a big deal.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

18 December 2018
In 12 years almost no one will be interested in buying a comparatively expensive ICE car.

18 December 2018

Mr Fox, did you know that the new Berlin Airport, construction started 2006 was originally supposed to open in 2011 & will now probably open in 2020!! Not very industrious are they??? Almost as bad as us. (cross-rail delay, etc) At least we managed to get the Olympics done on time. (There's a hell of a lot of Red Tape in the EU)

18 December 2018

Pollution doesn’t recognise political borders. I’m worried that EU is simply outsourcing pollution to other countries here, because imported batteries etc won’t count towards official CO2 levels.

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18 December 2018

Thats a very fair point scrap, manufacture of batteries is a filthy, toxic business. Nothing green here.

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