EU bans sale of new petrol cars

The European Parliament and members of the European Union have reached an agreement to ban the sale of new gasoline and diesel cars and vans by 2035.

Community negotiators sealed this week the first agreement of the “Fit for 55” initiative, a Commission plan to achieve its climate goal of reducing emissions of gases that cause global warming by 55% during this decade.

The parliament noted that the agreement is a “clear signal ahead of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, COP27, that the EU is serious about adopting concrete laws to achieve the most ambitious goals set out in its Climate Change Law. Climate”.

According to data from Brussels, transport is the only sector where greenhouse gas emissions have increased in the last three decades, rising 33.5 percent between 1990 and 2019.

Cars are one of the causes, since they represent 61% of the total CO2 emissions from road transport in the European Union.

The bloc wants to drastically reduce emissions from this sector by 2050 and promote electric cars, but a report from its external auditor last year indicated that the region lacks adequate charging stations for it.

“It is a historic decision since, for the first time – with objectives for 2025, 2030 and 2035 – and aligned with our objective of climate neutrality for 2050”, celebrated Pascal Canfin, president of the Parliament’s environmental commission. “This sector, which represents 16% of European emissions at the moment, will be emission neutral by 2050.”

In 2015, world leaders agreed in Paris that they would work to prevent global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit), and ideally no more than 1.5 C (2.7 F), by the end of the century. . Scientists believe that even the least ambitious target will be missed by a wide margin unless drastic steps are taken to cut emissions.

Greenpeace argues that the 2035 deadline is too late to limit warming to less than 1.5C.

“The EU is taking the tourist route, and that route ends in disaster,” said Lorelei Limousin, head of the environmental collective for the bloc’s transport campaign.

The Community Parliament and the member states will have to formally approve the agreement for it to come into force.