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EU Environment Ministers Council agrees to limit CO2 emissions from cars

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvia’s delegation from Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry to EU Environment Council voiced support for limitation of CO2 emissions in the transport sector at the council’s meeting in Luxembourg on Tuesday, 9 October.

Latvia also stressed the need to enhance international measures to ensure protection of biological diversity, said the ministry’s representative Vita Krieviņa.

She says that Latvia has affirmed support for European Commission’s proposed goal to reduce the impact of land vehicles on the environment, adding that it is necessary to establish new Co2 standards for street traffic to further improve development and transition to more environment-friendly types of vehicles. «The regulation draft details new CO2 standards for light automobiles and light commercial vehicles. Representatives of member states debated on new CO2 standards for heavy vehicles, as well.»

«The transport sector, especially automobile transports, represents one of the sectors that have the biggest impact on greenhouse gas emissions. With that, putting an emphasis on manufacture of new vehicles by developing new standards is one of the long-term solutions for achievement of goals in climate and energy policies,» says the ministry’s representative.

She also says that the Environment Council has approved conclusions made at the 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity. Latvia agrees that the continuation of the strategic plan of the Convention on Biological Diversity after 2020 needs to be comprehensive on a UN level for all parties, and should also include the vision for Biological Diversity 2050 and goals of Sustainable Development 2030. To halt reduction of biological diversity, it is necessary to ensure involvement from all sectors, especially transport, energy, agriculture and forestry.


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