EU lawmakers to vote on banning combustion-engine cars

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BRUSSELS The future of car transport in Europe could become clearer and cleaner on Wednesday, when the European Parliament decides to ban vehicles with a combustion motor starting in the middle if the next decade.

The vote of the European Union assembly in Strasbourg, France is part of EU draft legislation that aims to accelerate global warming efforts. Cars account for around 12% of European emissions of the greenhouse gases blamed for climate change.

The spotlight is on a provision which would require automakers to reduce carbon-dioxide emission by 100% and 2035,. This would be equivalent to an EU ban in that year on new cars that are powered by gasoline or diesel.

The car industry and some politicians are pushing for a gradual transition to fully-electric fleets. A 90% reduction in 2035 CO2 could be a compromise.

A proposed 55% reduction in CO2 emissions from cars in 2030 is also on the table. This is in comparison to 2021.. EU law already requires carmakers to lower CO2 by 37.5% on average in 2030 compared with last year.

Regardless of whether the 705-seat parliament decides on tougher emission-reduction targets, the final EU agreement will only be reached if the governments of the EU countries also give their verdict within the next weeks or months.

The draft law on cleaner cars is part a package of European legislation that would reduce EU greenhouse gas emissions by 55% in 2030, compared with 1990 and 40% for the same period. A large portion of these reductions would be due to power plants and factories. These two sectors are protected in the EU from the greenhouse gas emissions. The EU’s emissions-trading system reduces the annual supply of pollution permits.

The EU parliament was unable to move this section of the climate package earlier Wednesday due to a disagreement over the pace at the which some emission permits should be allocated, and not auctioned. The assembly requested that its environment committee reopen the matter’s deliberations. The EU parliament delayed its verdicts on two related initiatives as a result.

One concerns the creation of a Social Climate Fund that will assist vulnerable households in coping with the planned clean energy revamp. This issue has become more politically sensitive since the Russian war in Ukraine. The Carbon Border Adjustment Method, an import tax that is unprecedented in its scope, is the second. The CBAM, a first-of its kind tool, would allow the EU raise prices on some imported goods (including steel and aluminum) that are not subject to climate-protection cost.


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