EU: All new cars to be emission-free by 2035

The EU Commission wants no more petrol and diesel cars to be newly registered in Europe by the middle of the next decade. 

EU: Bis 2035 alle Neuwagen emissionsfrei
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Brussels (dpa) - The EU Commission wants no more conventional petrol and diesel cars to be newly registered in Europe by the middle of the next decade at the latest. A proposal presented on Wednesday envisages that only emission-free new cars should be registered in the EU from 2035.

There is to be a review clause, however: every two years, an analysis is to be conducted to determine the progress made by manufacturers; a major review is to follow in 2028. Theoretically, the date of 2035 could still be postponed. The EU countries and the EU Parliament still have to agree to the proposal.

The Commission's proposal also stipulates that by 2030 greenhouse gas emissions from new cars should be 55 percent lower than in 2021. If manufacturers do not comply with the targets, penalties will be payable.

The plan is part of the Commission's plans to implement stricter climate targets in Europe. The EU wants greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 to be at least 55 percent lower than in 1990. By 2050, there should be no net emissions of climate-damaging greenhouse gases in the EU.

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