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European Parliament supports reducing CO2 emission reduction by 37.5% in next ten years

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUMembers of the European Parliament have approved the agreement with EU ministers that provide for reducing the volume of greenhouse gas emissions from light vehicles and shuttle-buses by 2030, as reported by European Parliament representative in Latvia Signe Znotiņa-Znota.

The agreement approved on Wednesday, 27 March, provides for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 37.5% by 2030. European Commission initially proposed a 30% reduction. The approved rules provide for reducing CO2 emissions from shuttle-buses by 31% in the next ten years.

«As Parliament, we strongly fought to safeguard the environmental integrity of the proposal and bring real health, consumer and innovation benefits to European citizens. We achieved this legislation, despite fierce opposition from the car industry and certain Member States, which refused to acknowledge the opportunities that stem from a more ambitious target,» said EP rapporteur Miriam Dalli (S&D, Malta).

New legislation was approved with 521 votes in favour, 63 votes against and 34 MEPs abstaining. Now the legislation needs to be officially approved by the European Council.

Manufacturers whose car models’ emissions exceed permitted levels will have to pay more for exceeding limits. European Commission will now have time until 2023 to decide if the money could be used to finance fair transition to emission-free mobility and support training of people employed in the car manufacturing industry.

New legislation provides for evaluating vehicle-produced emissions throughout the entire life-cycle in the EU. European Council will also decide if there is any need to change methodology. If need be, new legislation will be approved later.

The transport industry is the only one in the EU that has not significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions since 1990. Data from European Environment Agency shows that the transport industry produces the majority of CO2 emissions (72.9% in 2016). The industry produces approximately 20% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the EU.


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