Written by Gregor Erbach (5th edition, updated on 09.05.2023).
On 14 July 2021, as part of the ‘fit for 55’ package, the Commission presented a legislative proposal for a revision of the Regulation setting CO2 emission performance standards for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles (vans). To raise the contribution of the road transport sector to the EU’s climate targets, the proposal sets more ambitious 2030 targets for reducing the CO2 emissions of new cars and vans and allows only zero-emission vehicles from 2035.
Stakeholders have expressed mixed views about the proposal as regards its ambition, the impact on the automotive industry, alternative fuels infrastructure and the potential role of sustainable fuels.
The Parliament and the Council adopted their positions in June 2022, and reached a trilogue agreement in October 2022. The regulation was adopted in March 2023 and published in the Official Journal on 25 April 2023. It enters into force on 15 May 2023.
- May 2023: CO2 emission standards for new cars and vans: ‘Fit for 55’ package (5th edition)
|Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) 2019/631 as regards strengthening the CO2 emission performance standards for new passenger cars and new light commercial vehicles in line with the Union’s increased climate ambition|
|Committee responsible:||Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI)||COM(2021) 556 final|
|Rapporteur:||Jan Huitema (Renew, the Netherlands)||2021/0197(COD)|
|Shadow rapporteurs:||Jens Gieseke (EPP, Germany)|
Sara Cerdas (S&D, Portugal)
Bas Eickhout (Greens/EFA, the Netherlands)
Sylvia Limmer (ID, Germany)
Pietro Fiocchi (ECR, Italy)
Kateřina Konečná (The Left, Czechia)
|Ordinary legislative procedure (COD)|
(Parliament and Council on
equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
|Next steps expected: Regulation (EU) 2023/851 |
OJ L 110, 25.4.2023, pp. 5-20