EU Approves New Climate Laws and 2035 Ban on Fossil Fuel Cars

The European Parliament recently approved new climate laws and voted in favor of a total ban on the sale of new gasoline and diesel cars in the European Union (EU) beginning in 2035.

The EU parliament’s decision to mandate a 100 percent CO2 emissions reduction goal for new cars and vans by 2035 will completely ban the sale of new cars with gasoline or diesel engines in the EU member states.

Additionally, a 55 percent decrease in CO2 emissions from cars in 2030 compared to 2021 was approved by EU legislators. The action strengthens a current requirement on the EU auto industry to reduce CO2 discharges by an average of 37.5 percent at the end of the decade compared to last year.

EU environmental committee chair Pascal Canfin said that the EU parliament’s decision is an “Important victory and consistent with our objective of climate neutrality.”

Currently, cars contribute 12 percent of all CO2 emissions in the 27-member EU bloc, although transportation as a whole contributes an estimated 25 percent.

After lengthy negotiations, the EU parliament also decided to establish a 59 billion euro ($61 billion) fund to protect low-income individuals from the expenses of the program between 2027 and 2032.

According to the European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA), the EU’s future switch to all-electric transportation will lose a net 275,000 jobs throughout Europe, even after accounting for the jobs generated in the battery cell manufacturing industry.

The legislations were approved by a vote of 339 to 249 with 24 abstentions during a meeting in Strasbourg, France, last month. 

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