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EU Parliament approves zero CO2 targets for light-duty vehicles in 2035

14 February 2023

The European Parliament endorsed the deal reached with the EU Council on revised CO2 emission performance standards for new cars and vans. With 340 votes in favor, 279 against, and 21 abstentions, MEPs endorsed new legislation that sets the path towards zero CO2 emissions for new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles in 2035—an effective ban on the sales of new vehicles powered by internal combustion engines.

The new legislation also includes revisions of the targets for 2030. Intermediate emissions reduction targets for 2030 are set at 55% for cars and 50% for vans, to replace the current 2030 targets of 37.5% for cars and 31% for vans. These targets are relative to the 2021 baseline.

Other key measures foreseen by the regulation include:

The approved text will now have to be formally endorsed by the EU Council before being published in the EU Official Journal.

Source: EU Parliament