The European Parliament has definitively approved by clear majority, 340 votes in favour, 279 against and 21 abstentions, the text which prohibits the sale of vehicles with combustion engines since 2035. An agreement already reached last November in the framework of the measures envisaged by the Fitfor55 plan. In 2035, this is Europe’s decision, the cut in emissions compared to 2021 will be 100%, which is equivalent to stopping the sales of internal combustion engine vehicles, whether they are petrol or diesel powered. These will then be replaced by 100% electric vehicles.
It is a measure that is part of the package “Fit for 55” whose primary objective is to halve emissions pollutants in the member states of the European Union by 2030. The agreement was reached with representatives of all EU states after lengthy negotiations which took place at the end of last year. This also includes intermediate emission reduction targets set for the year 2030, which he specifically sees 55% for cars and 50% for vans. A methodology will also be established for evaluating and calculating CO2 emissions not from the vehicle in operation but which takes into account all the pollutants emitted during its entire life cycle, i.e. from birth to “putting on the road”. In addition, government incentives for the purchase of electric cars will be banned from 2030.
At the same time as the cars, the European Commission has launched a process to verify and review the regulation for CO2 emissions from buses and trucks. The current proposal speaks of zero emissions starting from 2030 for buses circulating in the city, and a substantial cut in emissions, equal to 90%, for all other heavy vehicles from 2040. Ansa reports that this proposal will be presented on the table of the commission in the next few hours. As regards commercial vehicles exceeding 3.5 t, registered before the entry into force of the standard, they will have to progressively reduce CO2 emissions: we are talking about 45% by 2030, 65% by 2035 and 90% by 2040.
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