Carmakers Seek EU Help to Meet CO2 Targets

April 16, 2018 at 12:48 PM

European carmakers want more help from the European Union to meet the region’s carbon dioxide emission targets for 2020 and beyond.

Erik Jonnaert, who heads industry trade group ACEA, tells Reuters that manufacturers are committed to achieving the upcoming CO2 target for vehicles. The goal will tighten to 95 g/km by 2021 from today’s limit of 130 g/km.

Jonnaert says carmakers also seek a broader discussion about lowering the region’s CO2 emissions. ACEA is pushing for government incentives help build an EV charging infrastructure and coax consumers to buy electric cars. But the group also wants the EU to set overall CO2 goals for member countries, not just targets for the automotive sector.

The European Commission has proposed lowering average CO2 emissions from vehicles by at another 30% between 2021 and 2030. ACEA suggests a 20% reduction over the period, Reuters says.