CO2 emission standards for new cars and vans: 'Fit for 55' package

Briefing 09-05-2023

On 14 July 2021, as part of the 'fit for 55' package, the European Commission presented a legislative proposal for a revision of the Regulation setting CO2 emission performance standards for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles (vans). To increase the contribution of the road transport sector to the EU's climate targets, the proposal sets more ambitious 2030 targets for reducing the CO2 emissions of new cars and vans, and allows only zero-emission vehicles from 2035. Stakeholders have expressed mixed views about the proposal as regards its ambition, the impact on the automotive industry, alternative fuels infrastructure and the potential role of sustainable fuels. The Parliament and the Council adopted their positions in June 2022, and reached a trilogue agreement in October 2022. The regulation was adopted in March 2023 and published in the Official Journal on 25 April 2023. It enters into force on 15 May 2023. Fifth edition. The 'EU Legislation in Progress' briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure.