MEPs want cleaner cars on EU roads by 2030 

A new law to be put to the vote on Wednesday advocates cutting carbon dioxide emissions from new cars and boosting the market share of zero - and low- emission vehicles.

The European Parliament’s Environment Committee proposes setting a higher, 45% target for reducing EU fleet-wide emissions for new cars by 2030, (compared to the EU Commission’s proposed target of 30%; year of reference 2020) with an intermediate target of 20% by 2025. The law also sets similar targets for new vans.

Carmakers would also have to ensure that zero- and low- emission vehicles - emitting less than 50g of CO2 per kilometre - have a 40% market share of sales of new cars and vans by 2030, and 20% by 2025.


Transport is the only major sector in the EU where greenhouse gas emissions are still rising, says the text. In order to meet the commitments made at COP21 in 2015, the decarbonisation of the entire transport sector needs to speed up, on the path towards zero emissions by mid-century.

At the same time, the global automotive sector is changing rapidly, in particular in electrified powertrains. If European carmakers engage late in the necessary energy transition, they risk losing their leading role, says the report.

Procedure: ordinary legislative procedure


Debate: Tuesday 2 October

Vote: Wednesday 3 October

Press conference: Wednesday 3 October, 15.00