Carbon dioxide from transport is still to blame for around a quarter of EU greenhouse gas emissions, and more than half of this amount comes from cars. In her pursuit of achievement carbon neutral by 2050; the EU has set ambitious target prices to reduce pollution from cars.
A key goal is all new cars to be placed on the EU market from 2035 to be zero emissions. In a report to be published at the end of the month, the European Court of Auditors presents the first enlightening data on with the application of the EU regulation which aims to reduce emissions from new cars in order to meet climate target prices.
The EU regulation sets performance standards for emissions from new passenger cars and is the key legislative tool to reduce emissions of new cars in the European Union. It stipulates that manufacturers must produce low-emission vehicles that use less fuel, zero-emission vehicles such as electric cars, and cars that combine the two technologies, such as plug-in hybrids. It also obliges them to declare in the certificate of conformity the emissions of each model, before the first registration of the vehicle.
Car emissions are measured under standardized laboratory conditions and not on the road, making it possible to compare CO2 emissions between different models. However, emissions measured in real driving conditions are usually higher than those measured in the laboratory. The EU regulation, adopted in 2009, underwent substantial amendments in 2019, following the “dieselgate” scandal.
Does the current EU system ensure the correspondence between new vehicle CO2 emission measurements under laboratory conditions and the data submitted by manufacturers? Is the data on CO2 emissions from new vehicles reliable? Does EU regulation actually help reduce real CO2 emissions? The EU is on the right track in terms of achieving its goal of zero emissions?
These are some of the questions to which the European Court of Auditors will attempt to answer in his related report, which will be published on January 24.
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