The European Union reached a deal which sets emissions limits for the entire van fleet to be reached by 2017 and 2020. Under the agreement, the average new van sold in the EU in 2017 will be required to emit 175g CO2/km or less, and 147g CO2/km in 2020.
The agreements are looser and will take place later than was originally proposed by the European Commission, which drafted the proposal as part of the EU’s efforts to cut rising emissions from transport.
The 2017 target date is a year later than the Commission had proposed. The 2020 target was scaled back to 147g/km CO2 instead of the 135g initially proposed.
Kerstin Meyer of Brussels-based NGO Transport and Environment said that the EU should have rejected car-makers’ claims that more demanding targets were impossible.