Car makers have expressed serious concerns about the highly challenging CO2 target that auto manufacturers will have to meet by 2030.
The European Parliament, Commission and Council agreed to cut carbon emissions from new cars and vans by 15% in 2025 and 37.5% in 2030, compared to 2021 levels.
The European federation of transport NGOs, Transport & Environment, welcomed the agreement but said that the deal is well below what’s needed to achieve the EU’s 2030 climate targets.
Delivering a 37.5% CO2 reduction might sound plausible, but is totally unrealistic based on where we stand today, said car makers’ body ACEA and deplored that this 2030 target is driven purely by political motives, without taking technological and socio-economic realities into account.
“ACEA’s members are of course committed to further reducing CO2 emissions from their vehicles, but these targets will be extremely demanding on Europe’s auto industry,” stated ACEA Secretary General, Erik Jonnaert. “Indeed, they will require a much stronger market uptake of electric and other alternatively-powered vehicles than is currently proving possible.”
Jonnaert added, “Of course, all our member companies will continue to invest in their portfolios of alternatively-powered cars and vans, but there are still several obstacles putting the brakes on widespread consumer acceptance, such as affordability and the lack of a sufficiently dense network of recharging and refuelling infrastructure.”
ACEA calls on the 28 member states and the European Commission to ensure that all the enabling conditions are in place for these aggressive CO2 reduction levels, notably the much-needed investments in infrastructure.
Undeniably, these extremely ambitious CO2 targets will have a seismic impact on jobs across the entire automotive value chain, which employs some 13.3 million Europeans. In order to mitigate the negative impact of these structural changes, policy makers need to act swiftly by presenting concrete plans to manage this employment and skills transition in a proper, socially-acceptable way.
The deal still needs to be approved by the Council and voted in the plenary of the European Parliament.