Sweden wants tougher EU targets for CO2 emissions from passenger cars

The Government welcomes the European Commission’s proposal to introduce tougher EU targets for average CO2 emissions from new light vehicles but believes that the Commission’s ambition on emissions targets is far too low.

To achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement, significant emissions reductions in the transport sector will be required. Sweden has adopted a national goal to decrease emissions from domestic transport by at least 70 per cent by 2030, compared with 2010 levels. To achieve this, ambitious EU transport regulations are crucial. At the end of last year, the Commission proposed new binding targets for emissions from new cars and light commercial vehicles.

Among other things, the Commission proposes that:

  • by 2025, CO2 emissions from new light vehicles should be 15 per cent lower than in 2021;
  • by 2030, emissions should be 30 per cent lower than in 2021; and
  • starting from 2021, emission targets should be based on the new Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP), which better represents everyday driving profiles than the current method.

The proposal has been reviewed by Swedish agencies and, based on their analysis, the Government has concluded that the targets for 2025 and 2030 need to be considerably higher than those the Commission proposes.

"This proposal is far too weak to enable us to achieve our goals effectively. The Government wants to see a much higher level of ambition," says Minister for the Environment Karolina Skog.

The Government considers that the targets should be a 25 per cent reduction by 2025 and a 50 per cent reduction by 2030, compared with 2021 levels. Given the uncertainty regarding how rapidly zero-emission vehicles will gain traction in different parts of Europe, the target for 2030 should be indicative and reconsidered as part of the planned review in 2024.

Tomorrow, 20 June, Ms Skog will hold consultations with the Parliamentary Committee on European Union Affairs on the Government's proposals ahead of the EU environment ministers' discussions on the new targets at the Environment Council in Luxemburg on 25 June.

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