Spritstinker before the end: EU reaffirms combustion ban – also for e-fuel

May 14, 2022 | Tobias Stahl

The European Parliament's Environment Committee supports the EU Commission's proposed ban on combustion engines from 2035.

EFAHRER.comThe European Parliament’s Environment Committee supports the EU Commission’s proposed ban on combustion engines from 2035.

That could mean the end for stinky fuel: The environment committee of the European Parliament voted in favor of the EU Commission’s proposal to issue a de facto ban on combustion engines from 2035. At the same time, however, he also spoke out against even stricter emission requirements.

The European Parliament’s Environment Committee has voted in favor of the EU Commission’s proposal that car manufacturers should reduce their average fleet emissions by 100 percent by 2035. As part of the “Fit for 55” climate package, the Commission had proposed that car manufacturers be allowed to emit 20 percent fewer emissions in 2025 than in 2021. A reduction of 55 percent is planned by 2030, and from 2035 there would be a de facto ban on the sale of new combustion vehicles. The Environment Committee has now approved the package with 46 yes votes. There were 40 votes against and two abstentions.

However, Conservative and some Progressive MPs simultaneously rejected a new intermediate target for 2027 and a stricter emissions target for 2030, with an emissions reduction of 75 percent instead of the currently proposed 55 percent.

The committee also voted against a loophole in CO2 targets for synthetic fuels, so-called e-fuels. Under the right conditions, e-fuels can be produced in a climate-neutral manner, and new cars that fill up with e-fuels would also be CO2-neutral on paper – however, vehicles fueled with e-fuels continue to emit CO2 and nitrogen oxides.

The plenary session of the European Parliament will vote on June 7th or 8th on whether to adopt the CO2 standards for cars. After that, MEPs will start negotiations with each EU government on the final version of the law.

Alex Keynes, Zero Emission Vehicle Manager at Transport & Environment, feels the rules as too lax. Stricter emissions standards are needed to electric cars more attractive even without state purchase premiums: “The boom in electric vehicles will falter over the next ten years if the legislator does not intervene with an interim target for 2027 and a more ambitious target for 2030. Without such a target, Europe may not become sufficiently emission-free Selling cars to meet its own 2030 targets and those of many EU countries”. Transport & Environment is a non-governmental umbrella organization bringing together European organizations from the sustainable transport sector.

Dutch politician and Member of the European Parliament Jan Huitema appears in a press release On the other hand, he is satisfied: “With CO2 standards, we are creating clarity for the automotive industry and promoting innovation and investment for car manufacturers. In addition, buying and driving zero-emission cars will be cheaper for consumers. This is particularly important now that diesel prices are falling and gasoline continue to rise.”

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