European lawmakers voted to ban the sale of new diesel and petrol cars and vans in the EU. from 2035, which is music to Eamon Ryan’s ears no doubt.
339 MEPs in the European Parliament voted in favour of the plans of the European Commission, the executive arm of the EU. There were 249 votes against the proposal, while 24 MPs abstained.
It brings the European Union closer to its target of reducing emissions from new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles by 100% by 2035 compared to 2021. By 2030, the target is a 50% reduction in emissions for vans and 55% for cars.
The Commission has previously said that cars and vans account for around 12% and 2.5% of total EU CO2 emissions respectively. MPs will now begin negotiations on the plans with the bloc’s 27 member states.
Meanwhile, the UK wants to freeze the sale of new diesel and petrol cars and vans by 2030. From 2035, all new cars and vans must have zero tailpipe emissions.
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