DATA & FACTS
REDUCING CO2 EMISSIONS: EU CLIMATE TARGETS AND MEASURES
The EU has committed to becoming climate neutral by 2050 to address climate change. The European Climate Act raises the EU's 2030 emissions reduction target from 40 per cent to at least 55 per cent and makes climate neutrality by 2050 legally binding. The EU Climate Act is part of the European Green Deal, Europe's roadmap to climate neutrality. To realise its climate goal, the European Union has put together an ambitious legislative package called "Fit for 55 by 2030" . It includes 13 interlinked revised laws and six legislative proposals on climate and energy.
REDUCTION OF CO2 EMISSIONS FROM TRANSPORT
Passenger cars and light commercial vehicles account for 15 percent of CO₂ emissions in the EU. Parliament supports the Commission's proposal to reduce emissions from passenger cars and light commercial vehicles to zeroin 2035. The interim targets for reducing emissions by 2030 are set at 55 per cent for passenger cars and 50 per cent for light commercial vehicles. (Source: www.europarl.europa.eu)
The greenhouse gas balance of the transport sector has remained virtually unchanged compared to 1990. The main polluter is road transport: 96 percent of transport emissions are emitted by cars and trucks. Passenger cars are responsible for two-thirds of these emissions.
The reasons: 71 percent more trucks and 31 percent more cars are on the roads than 30 years ago. Germany has the second highest level of CO2 emissions for new cars in the EU: an average of 127 grams of CO2 per kilometre (2017). By 2021, the limit will be 95 grams of CO2.