Newsletter 18 december 2013
Cleaner Car Contracts reached an important milestone in 2013, when at the end of November the European Council agreed to a lower CO2 standard for 2020. In that year 95% of all new cars will be permitted to emit 95 g/km of CO2, with the standard applying to 100% of new cars in the following year.
This is less ambitious than the goal for which 77 companies, 6 NGOs in the coalition, consumer organisations and various member states had pleaded. As far as we are concerned, all new cars sold in 2020 will already comply with the standard of 95 g/km of CO2. Nevertheless we see the standard achieved as a good step in the right direction. In any case there was pressure, especially from the German car industry, to weaken and postpone the ambition even further. The efforts of the Cleaner Car Contracts coalition played an important part here. We show European policymakers that an ambitious climate policy is supported by many companies and yields considerable cost savings for companies as well as consumers.
EU proposal for ambitious CO2 emission targets under pressure
Negotiations for CO2 emission targets for cars and vans have reached a climax late June. In April the Environmental Committee of the European Parliament accepted a proposal for 95 gr/km in 2020 and a further reduction towards 70 gr/km in 2025. On June 24th the negotiations between the European Council, Committee and Parliament reached an agreement in line with the original proposal. But under pressure of German manufacturers of high emission vehicles Angela Merkel personally called member states to block the vote. At June 28th the vote was taken off the agenda for final approval and has been postponed. It is now up to the new Lithuanian Presidency to continue the voting process.
Throughout the negotiation process the Cleaner Car Coalition has sent letters, ‘thank you’ cards to politicians and arranged personal meetings. We will continue our efforts to ensure that customers will be able to drive at lower fuel costs and with less emissions.