EU countries delay voting on plan to ban petrol and diesel cars
The member states of the European Union (EU) decided to postpone the voting of the regulation, which includes banning the sale of new cars with internal combustion engines from 2035.
Daniel Holmberg, spokesperson of the Permanent Representatives Committee (COREPER) at the European Council, shared on his social media account that the representatives of the member states decided to postpone the voting date for the regulation that will bring strict carbon emission standards to new cars and light commercial vehicles to be sold in EU countries, instead of 7 March. reported.
According to the regulation, which was approved by the European Parliament (EP) General Assembly last month and must be officially approved by EU member states to enter into force, all new cars and light commercial vehicles to be sold in EU member states from 2035 will have to be zero emission.
Automakers will zero their carbon emissions by 2035. Thus, from the said date, new cars with internal combustion engines, including gasoline and diesel, will not be able to be sold in EU countries.
The 2030 emission reduction target will be 55 percent for cars and 50 percent for pickup trucks. A new methodology will also be developed to assess the carbon emissions that a vehicle will emit over its entire lifetime. It will be ensured that the emission limit values are harmonized with the emissions in real use.
The regulation was among the proposals included in the "Adapt to 55" package, which is part of the European Green Deal and aims to reduce emissions by at least 55 percent by 2030.
This week, some EU countries, notably Germany and Italy, opposed the attempt to ban the sale of new cars with internal combustion engines from 2035.
To support the initiative, Germany declared that the EU should introduce an exemption on renewable energy and synthetic fuels produced by capturing carbon dioxide in the air, and asked the EU Commission to prepare a regulation on this issue.
Italy has also declared that it is against the regulation and that the only way to achieve zero emissions should not be the choice of electric cars.