The European Union Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) supported reviewing the emission performance standards for new passenger cars and for new light commercial vehicles in the proposal for an EU regulation, and setting of stricter emission performance standards by 2025 and 2030, in accordance with the opinion of the Environment Committee and the Economic Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu.
“The aim is to accelerate the deployment of zero emission and low emission vehicles and the development of fuel efficient technologies in the European Union,” Chairman of the Committee Toomas Vitsut said. “In order to achieve that, it is necessary to reduce CO2 emission. This will make the environment cleaner, and reduce the fuel consumption of the consumers.”
Vitsut emphasised that it was important to note that those standards would be set only for new passenger cars and vans, and for the whole vehicle fleet. “The obligation to achieve the established targets applies to car manufacturers when they place on the market new cars and vans,” he said. “Sellers of cars will have the obligation to provide that information to the consumers, but it will not restrict the buyers’ choice. If a person wishes to buy a car with higher fuel consumption and CO2 emission, it will be possible for them also in the future.”
The EU fleet wide CO2 emission target for 2020 is 95g/km for passenger cars and 147g/km for light commercial vehicles.
Starting from 2025, the targets will be calculated on the basis of the determined percentage reduction. Thus, the emission target for new cars and vans that are placed on the market from 2025 will be 15 percent lower than it was in 2021, and the emission target for new cars and vans that are placed on the market from 2030 will be 30 percent lower than in 2021. The standard for 2021 is not known at the moment.
The data collected in 2016 show that the CO2 emission of new cars sold in Estonia is the highest in Europe. The CO2 emission standard for new cars in 2016 was 130g CO2/km, but in Estonia it was 134g CO2/km. Estonia was followed by Latvia (129g CO2/km) and Germany (127g CO2/km). The EU average was 118g CO2/km.
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