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Disappointing Environment Committee vote result on van CO2 emission rules

Following a vote in the European Parliament's Environment Committee on a review of binding targets for CO2 emissions from vans, GUE/NGL MEP Sabine Wils said that the targets should and could go much further.

“While the ENVI Committee made positive progress by setting provisions that ensure a new World Light Duty Test Cycle (WLTC) will be effective by 2017, the under-ambitious target for 2020 of 147g CO2/km was unfortunately confirmed,” she commented.

Commenting on the 'super credit' incentive scheme that rewards manufacturers with permits to produce high-emitting vehicles if they also produce more green vehicles, she said: “The existing super credit scheme has been partially mitigated, however unfortunately we did not reach a complete ban.”

MEP Wils, the shadow rapporteur on the Krahmer dossier for the Group, added: “If CO2 emissions in this growing commercial sector are to be considerably lowered, the Council position must be more proactively confronted. The GUE/NGL will therefore call for tougher rules for vans as well as for similar stringent measures for passenger cars.”


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