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Parliamentary questions
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9 April 2021
E-001906/2021
Question for written answer  E-001906/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Cindy Franssen (PPE)
 Subject: CO2 emissions from cars

According to a Greenpeace study, real average emissions from new cars have barely fallen in the last 14 years(1). The study(2) states that this is partly because of loopholes such as:

1. pooling, which allows car manufacturers to team up and act together in order to meet EU CO2 standards;

2. the weight factor, whereby the specific CO2 target is calculated on the basis of the average weight of new cars sold by the manufacturer, meaning that the heavier a manufacturer's cars are, the more lax the CO 2 target is for that manufacturer;

3. plug-in hybrids, which combine a combustion engine and an electric powertrain, making them extremely fuel-efficient on paper, but in practice they have a much higher fuel consumption than in test bench performance.

The Commission intends to revise the relevant legislation on CO2 emissions this year. Accordingly, I have the following questions:

1. Does the Commission agree with the analysis in the study and share the view about the role of the three loopholes referred to?

2. Does the Commission intend to put an end to pooling, the weighting factor and preferential calculations for plug-in hybrids when the relevant legislation is revised?

(1)https://www.greenpeace.org/belgium/nl/persbericht/20990/klimaatinspanningen-bmw-daimler-en-volkswagen-zijn-niet-veel-meer-dan-boekhoudkundige-trucs/
(2)https://www.greenpeace.de/sites/www.greenpeace.de/files/s03501_gp_co2_loopholes_3_2021_3.pdf
Original language of question: NL
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