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.
Cleaner Car Coalition: Conference in Brussels
Right before the start of the discussions of the CO2 and Cars proposal in the European Parliament Cleaner Car Contracts organized a second Cleaner Car Conference in Brussels. On 22 January 2013 Athlon, Leaseurope and ALD international explained the importance of fuel efficient cars for business in Europe. Politicians and officials attended the meeting that VCD organized.
To support our message we spread a factsheet with figures about the importance of the lease sector in stimulating fuel efficient cars.
CO2-target is met
The Dutch companies of the Cleaner Car Coalition proved there leadership in fuel efficiency. The new passenger cars they acquired in 2012 had an average CO2 emission of no more than 117 g CO2/km, far better than the EU-norm of 130g CO2 g/km which is required in 2015.