The European Commission has proposed banning the sale of new cars with petrol and diesel engines from 2035. This is expected to help speed up the transition to zero-emission electric vehicles. The proposal is part of a broad legislative package to combat global warming.
The European Commission has proposed a 55% reduction in CO2 emissions in the transport sector. by 2030. While the current plan assumes a reduction of 37.5 percent. Brussels also suggested 100%. Reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 2035, making it impossible to sell new fossil-fuel cars into society.
“This is the kind of ambition we’ve been waiting for in the European Union that we’ve been missing in recent years,” said Helen Clarkson, CEO of the Climate Group, a non-profit organization that works with business to combat climate change. She added that science tells us we need to halve our emissions by 2030, because road transport is simple – getting rid of the internal combustion engine.
To boost sales of electric cars, Brussels has also proposed legislation requiring countries to install public charging points no more than 60 kilometers apart on major roads. The investment will be made by 2025.
According to forecasts, the network of public charging stations for passenger cars and vans is expected to reach 3.5 million by 2030, and increase to 16.3 million by 2050.
“The transition to electric cars is happening much faster than anyone expected, but we have a responsibility to create the right incentives for that,” said Frans Timmermans, head of EU climate change policy. One such incentive is the increase in the number of charging stations.
The European Commission estimates that by 2040 it will be necessary to spend 80-120 billion euros on public and private chargers across the EU.
The Commission’s proposals will now be debated by the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament, and must also be approved by member states. Reuters said it could take up to two years.
Assumptions for changes
Today’s proposals will provide the necessary acceleration in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the next decade – The commission said. they contain:
– applying emissions trading to new sectors and tightening the current EU emissions trading system; – Increasing the use of renewable energy; – greater energy efficiency; – faster deployment of low-carbon modes of transport and the infrastructure and fuels that support them; Aligning tax policy with the objectives of the European Green Deal; – measures to prevent carbon leakage; Tools to protect and develop our natural carbon sinks.
– Yes, this is difficult – admitted Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice President of the European Commission for the European Green Deal during the press conference. – But it is also an obligation, because if we abandon the obligation to help humanity and live in harmony with the planet, we will fail not only ourselves, but also our children and grandchildren – he affirmed.
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