The 95g CO2/km by 2020 reduction target for average car emissions was retained in a deal agreed by negotiators for Parliament and the Irish Presidency of the Council late yesterday evening.
"I am happy that we could confirm the 95g target. I also think we have found a good balance on supercredits. We agreed to have an impact assessment in order to establish a post-2020 target. The Commission assured me that they would provide such an assessment in good time", said rapporteur Thomas Ulmer (EPP, DE).
"On the test cycle, I am happy that we could agree on having a new test cycle as soon as feasible but not later than 2017. With regard to consumer protection, I hope that it can be applied as soon as possible".
"I welcome this agreement. It goes in the right direction, although we could have wished for more" said Environment Committee chair Matthias Groote (S&D, DE). "The new test cycle will provide consumers with reliable data, and this is a real, concrete step forward" he added.
Super credits from 2020
The agreement confirms the 95g/km by 2020 target for new cars sold in the EU, down from 130g in 2015. It also highlights the need for a target beyond 2020, with a reduction rate in line with the EU's climate goals. The agreement also provides for "super-credit" weightings for each manufacturer's cleaner cars (50g threshold) from 2020 to 2023.
The new UN-defined World Light Duty Test Procedure (WLTP) should come into force at the earliest opportunity, the text says. The European Commission is to indicate its support for a 2017 deadline. The WLTP better reflects the real conditions in which cars are used.
MEPs noted that recent studies show that manufacturers have exploited weaknesses in the current procedure for testing the environmental performance of cars, with the result that official consumption and emission figures are far from those achieved in everyday driving conditions.