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S&Ds: Vote on CO2 standards for cars and vans brings ‘Fit for 55’ closer to EU climate ambitions


09 Jun 2022


Climate & Environment

Today was a crucial moment for the European Parliament when it comes to the real ambitions of the EU on tackling the climate crisis and complying with the European Climate Law’s aim of making Europe the first carbon-neutral continent by 2050.

Thanks to the S&D Group’s relentless efforts, the European Parliament has adopted some concrete measures to try to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030 – compared to 1990 levels – as set out in the Fit for 55 package.

The S&Ds have been fighting for a green transition, but with a red heart.

Regrettably some crucial files, such as the Emissions Trading System revision (ETS), have been watered down by the right wing forces jeopardizing the EU’s climate ambitions.

As progressives, however, we made sure that all the measures of the Fit for 55 package approved are accompanied by solid social justice and solidarity mechanisms that offset the costs, to ensure that this transition not only takes place, but is also socially fair.

S&D MEP and shadow rapporteur, Sara Cerdas, said:

“We want to ensure there are no more polluting cars or vans by 2035. This is the ultimate goal that today, following the positive vote by the European Parliament, seems finally within reach. The trajectory is now drawn: car manufacturers should progressively reduce these emissions until the 100% target is reached by 2035.

“This is a turning point for the European mobility system in line with the climate commitments of the Climate Law and the Paris Agreement. Important gains in terms of health, reduction of air pollution, the climate change fight and the protection of future generations will be hence ensured.

“We now have a Parliament position that deletes loopholes, incentivises more action and strengthens the social dimension by better monitoring and financing further measures to mitigate possible negative impacts.”


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