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05 Jul 2021


Hydrogen Europe's latest paper: Unlocking the potential of clean mobility
In line with the European Green Deal, the European Climate Law sets the legally binding objective of reducing greenhouse gas emission by 55% by 2030 and of achieving climate neutrality by 2050 in the EU. To contribute to these objectives, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the transport sector must be drastically reduced by 2050, a 90% reduction compared to 1990 levels.

Yet, transport is today the only sector whose greenhouse gas emissions are higher than in 1990 and continually growing. Road transport is responsible for 2/3 of the EU transport emissions. Passenger cars and light commercial vehicles are responsible for 73% of all GHG for the road transport sector. 

Hydrogen Europe considers the revision of the Regulation setting CO₂ emission performance standards for new passenger cars and new light commercial vehicles to be a key legislative initiative to help the EU deliver upon its 2030 climate targets and to reinforce its global leadership in zero-emission vehicles, particularly hydrogen fuel cell ones. 

In our paper we call for:

  1. Setting ambitious and appropriate CO2 standards
  2. An ambitious regulatory framework based on synergies to unlock hydrogen vehicles uptake
  3. Accurately measuring emissions and recognising the role of low carbon/renewable fuels
  4. System efficiency and technology neutrality as underlying principles for a revised regulation
  5. Allocating excess emissions premiums for the clean transition of the automotive industry