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Green No More: EU Fails To Set New CO2 Targets For Cars


BRUSSELS (REUTERS) – The European Union failed on Tuesday (Dec 11) to reach a compromise over how sharply to curb carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from cars and vans as car-producing countries and more environmentally conscious lawmakers could not find a compromise.

The EU has been divided for months over how strict to be on CO2 emissions from cars and vans. Germany, with the bloc’s biggest auto sector, has warned that tough targets could harm industry and cost jobs.

Representatives of lawmakers in the European Parliament of the 28 EU countries have held several rounds of talks together with the European Commission designed to find common ground and ended after six hours early on Tuesday, EU diplomats said.

The EU executive initially proposed that emissions decline by 30 per cent by 2030, compared to 2021 levels.

Germany backed that plan, but a push by several EU countries, including the Netherlands and France, raised the target to 35 per cent. There is also an intermediate target for 2025.

European Parliament lawmakers voted in favour of a 40 per cent reduction in October, drawing howls from the car industry.

EU diplomats said the targets remained a problem.

The targets to curb emissions from the transport sector, the only industry in which emissions are still rising, are aimed at helping the bloc reach its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions overall by 40 per cent by 2030.

EU countries are separately considering the extent to which truck emissions should be cut.

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