Saturday

21st Jan 2017

French EU presidency proposes delay for car emission reductions

France, currently chairing the six-month rotating EU presidency, has put a proposal to member states that backs a gradualist approach to limiting carbon dioxide emissions from cars.

Paris is proposing that instead of all cars sold in 2012 being restricted to emitting a maximum of 130 grammes of CO2 per kilometre - the measure proposed by the European Commission and last week largely endorsed by the European Parliament's environment committee - only 60 percent of all new cars would have to meet the standard, according to a document first seen by the Reuters news agency and appearing in the press on Tuesday (30 September).

Dear EUobserver reader

Subscribe now for unrestricted access to EUobserver.

Sign up for 30 days' free trial, no obligation. Full subscription only 15 € / month or 150 € / year.

  1. Unlimited access on desktop and mobile
  2. All premium articles, analysis, commentary and investigations
  3. EUobserver archives

EUobserver is the only independent news media covering EU affairs in Brussels and all 28 member states.

♡ We value your support.

If you already have an account click here to login.

  • Under France's proposals, car companies would not have to ensure their entire fleets reduced CO2 emissions until 2015 (Photo: wikipedia)

All new cars would have to meet the target by 2015. The proposal effectively give car manufacturers an additional three years to implement CO2 emissions reductions across the entirety of their fleets.

The commission proposed last year that vehicle emissions be cut to 130 grammes per kilometre by 2012, down from an current average of 158 grammes.

The parliament's environment committee on Thursday (25 September) supported the proposals as they stood, voting down changes to the legislation that would see such a gradual phase in of the CO2 targets.

The French proposal would also have car companies given credit for "eco-innovations" that produce cleaner vehicles or lower-emission cars. Green groups however complain that reductions from such technologies cannot be verified under EU test procedures

The EU presidency would also like to see exceptions for manufacturers that do not sell many vehicles and credit offered to those that begin to sell electric cars.

As a result of the delay, car emissions would actually rise by 2012 - to a total average of 161 grammes of CO2 per kilometre.

Environmentalists attacked France's suggestions.

"EU environment ministers initially called for a target of 120 grammes of CO2 per kilometre by 2012 as far back as 1994. With a delay in implementation and the inclusion of arbitrary CO2- measuring procedures, we are now talking of a staggering 161 grammes of CO2 per kilometre," said Greenpeace in a statement.

"That's even higher than what cars emit today."

EU should raise own taxes, says report

A group chaired by former Italian PM and EU commissioner Mario Monti says Brexit should be used to create EU-level levies to depend less on member states contributions, and to abolish member states rebates in the EU budget.

Stakeholders' Highlights

  1. Caritas EuropaEU States to Join Pope Francis’s Appeal to Care for Migrant Children
  2. UNICEFNumber of Unaccompanied Children Arriving by sea to Italy Doubles in 2016
  3. Nordic Council of Ministers"Nordic Matters" Help Forge Closer Bonds Between the UK and the Nordic Region
  4. Computers, Privacy & Data ProtectionThe age of Intelligent Machines: join the Conference on 25-27 January 2017
  5. Martens CentreNo Better way to Lift Your Monday Blues Than to Gloss Over our Political Cartoons
  6. Dialogue PlatformThe Gulen Movement: An Islamic Response to Terror as a Global Challenge
  7. European Free AllianceMinority Rights and Autonomy are a European Normality
  8. Swedish EnterprisesHow to Create EU Competitiveness Post-Brexit? Seminar on January 24th
  9. European Jewish CongressSchulz to be Awarded the European Medal for Tolerance for his Stand Against Populism
  10. Nordic Council of Ministers"Adventures in Moominland" Kick Off Nordic Matters Festival in London
  11. PLATO15 Fully-Funded PhDs Across Europe on the Post-Crisis Legitimacy of the EU - Apply Now!
  12. Dialogue PlatformInterview: Fethullah Gulen Condemns Assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey