The European Union must set a date to phase out the sale of new petrol and diesel cars to reach its climate-neutral target, according to nine member states.
Tackling pollution from transport (which accounts for a quarter of EU greenhouse gas emissions) is one of the biggest challenges for the 27-nation bloc on the road to achieving its greenhouse gas goals.
Nine countries — Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Malta — sent a joint document to EU climate and transport chiefs. It urged to EU to give a clear signal to manufacturers, fleet owners and consumers to accelerate the shift to electric vehicles. The legislative package, known as ‘Fit for 55’, will include revised regulation on CO2 standards for cars and vans, which the nine countries said should be “significantly strengthened.”
The group also proposed the phase-out provisions for fossil-fuel vehicles, according to the group, which also includes. The European Commission wants at least 30 million electric vehicles on the region’s roads by 2030, an ambitious target given that there are only an estimated 1.4 million electric cars currently on the road.
Banning New Gas Cars Is Key for Hitting EU’s Climate Goals, Bloomberg News, 2021-03-10