EU MPs vote to ban petrol car sales by 2035

Although this measure has yet to be discussed by the Council and passed into law, the parliamentary vote is seen as the most important step in the process. Full approval is likely to mean a drop in hybrid car sales and a rapid transition to all-electric models.

Support for the measure came after a string of rejections of other key climate policies on Wednesday.

The centre-right parliamentary faction opposed a 100% ban by 2035. Some lawmakers have instead called for a 90 percent ban, meaning one-tenth of all new car sales could still come from internal combustion engines.

“I am very happy and satisfied with the result,” said Dutch MP Jan Huytema, who led the policy development.

Parliament had previously rejected three other key proposals, including a central policy to reform the carbon market.

German MP Peter Lieese told reporters earlier Wednesday that his centre-right EPP group did not support a 100% ban, adding that internal combustion vehicles could still be useful if low-carbon synthetic fuel technology improves over time.

“We don’t think that politicians should decide which is better – electric cars or synthetic fuels. Personally, I think that the majority of consumers will buy an electric car if we provide them with the necessary infrastructure, which is what we need to do,” he said. said.

He added that it is possible that internal combustion vehicles using synthetic fuels will become more competitive than electric vehicles in the future. They may also be more realistic for many developing countries in Africa and Asia that are buying European cars, especially if those countries fail to transition to a renewable energy economy in the next few decades, Lise said.

The Commission first announced the plan to phase out combustion engine vehicles last August. The Commission said that to facilitate the transition to electric vehicles, 27 EU member states will require increased vehicle charging capacity. Charging points will be installed every 60 kilometers (37.3 miles) on major highways, and the minimum tax rate on petrol and diesel will be raised.

The automotive industry plays a vital role in the European economy, accounting for 7% of gross domestic product and supporting 14.6 million jobs in the region. But transport is the only sector where greenhouse gas emissions are rising, and in 2017, motor vehicles accounted for 21% of CO2 emissions.

The UK, which is no longer a member of the EU, announced last year that it would ban the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles starting in 2030, while sales of some new hybrids would continue until 2035.

The vote in favor of the measure follows a shocking parliamentary rejection of EU proposals for a more ambitious emissions trading scheme, a carbon tax and a social climate fund.

Lise, the lead parliamentary negotiator on carbon market reform, urged his colleagues to try again to find a proposal in the committee that would win support.

“All those who voted no today may think twice… please don’t kill ETS,” he said.

Setting more ambitious targets for a scheme that forces some of the biggest polluters to buy carbon credits was the bloc’s central legislation in its Fit for 55 umbrella plan, a roadmap to cut emissions by 55% by 2030 from 1990 levels. The target is one of the most ambitious climate targets of any major economy.

The EU is the third largest polluter in the world.

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