The European Parliament on Wednesday, June 8, supported the changes proposed by the European Commission to the rules of control over harmful emissions, which provide for a total ban on cars with internal combustion engines from 2035.
The corresponding initiative was supported by 339 MEPs, 249 opposed, 24 more abstained during voting, reports press service Of the European Parliament.
It should be noted that the ban on diesel and gasoline cars is aimed at intensifying the fight against climate change through faster development of electric vehicles. The EC's proposals are a key part of the Fit for 55 package and stipulate that carmakers should reduce their average carbon emissions by 100% by the middle of the next decade.
At the same time, the EP decision provides for intermediate steps in 2025 and 2030. In particular, European lawmakers have approved a 55% reduction in CO2 emissions from cars in 2030 from 2021. The move deepens the automotive industry's commitment to reducing carbon emissions by an average of 37.5% at the end of the decade from last year. Most of the cuts will fall on power plants and factories.
Some MEPs called for a reduction in total abstinence by 2035, but the majority did not support it.
The final legislative text still needs to be worked on in negotiations with the EU Council. EU governments must deliver their verdicts in the coming weeks or months before a final EU agreement on tougher emission requirements is approved. Environment ministers are due to sign their version of the law at a summit in Luxembourg on 28 June.
As reported EcoPolitics before, Committee on the Environment of the European Parliament as part of the Fit for 55 climate package, supported the European Commission's proposal to ban the sale and registration of petrol and diesel cars from 2035.