Environment & Energy Report

EU Tightens Emissions Standards, Sets Stage for Electric Cars

March 27, 2019, 5:30 PM

Automakers must cut by more than a third the average per-kilometer carbon dioxide emissions of the new cars they sell in the European Union or face fines, under an EU law the European Parliament rubber-stamped March 27.

In addition, by 2030, 35 percent of new cars sold in the EU should be zero- or low-emissions models, effectively pushing automakers to speed up the introduction of electric vehicles, according to the law.

The average fleetwide carbon emissions cut must amount to 37.5 percent by 2030 compared to 2021, with an interim target of a 15 percent emissions cut by...

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