Europe bans diesel and gasoline vehicles, signs agreement to reduce CO2 emissions by ‘100%’

The European Parliament and the Council have reached a tentative agreement confirming zero-emission targets for new vans and passenger cars by 2035.

According to a report on 28 October, the region will achieve zero-emission road mobility by 2035, according to an agreement reached by EU negotiators with member states. press releaseThe deal aims to reduce CO2 emissions produced by new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles by 100% by 2035 compared to 2021 levels.

“With these goals, we will bring clarity to the auto industry and stimulate innovation and investment by automakers.In addition, it will become cheaper for consumers to buy and drive zero-emission vehicles.” Rapporteur Jan Huitema, a member of the political group Renew Europe Group, said in a release.

The deal is the first in a “Fit for 55” package, a series of proposals aimed at enabling the EU to reduce its net greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030.

The European Commission will publish a report evaluating progress towards zero-emission road mobility by 2025 and every two years thereafter.

The EU will direct funds towards the transition to zero-emission vehicles and related technologies. By the end of 2024, existing regulations regarding the display of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions will be reviewed.

The deal currently requires formal approval from the European Council and Parliament before it can take effect.

The EU’s insistence on rapid adoption of non-fossil fuel vehicles is concerning.and interview Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares told CNBC that the EU’s plan to ban the sale of new internal combustion engine (ICE) cars and vans by 2035 was a “purely arbitrary decision.” I called it.

“I see the potential and need for a more pragmatic approach to managing migration.”

US ban, EV pollution

The EU decision follows a similar move in the US. In August, California announced he would ban the sale of gasoline cars by 2035.

In September, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced that starting in 2035, all new sales of pickups, SUVs and cars in the state must be plug-in hybrids or fully electric.

The move to replace fossil-fueled vehicles with electric vehicles, which they claim are more environmentally friendly, has recently come under criticism.

A 2019 study by Germany’s Ifo Institute found that an electric Tesla Model 3 emits 11% to 28% more CO2 over its lifetime compared to a diesel Mercedes C220D.

Electric batteries used in EVs require energy-intensive mining and processing as they generate twice the CO2 emissions compared to manufacturing internal combustion engines.

As the demand for EVs grows, so does the need for batteries. This means more raw materials such as cobalt, lithium and nickel will be mined, causing more harm to land, water and wildlife.

Naveen Aslapury


Naveen Athrappully is a news reporter covering business and world events for The Epoch Times.