Issue 29

November 2013

Under draft legislation approved by the Environment Committee the CO2 emission limit for new light commercial vehicles sold in the EU is to be reduced from the current 203 g/km to 175 g/km after 2017 and 147 g/km by 2020. The text, already informally agreed with EU ministers, also paves the way for achieving further reductions after 2020, and provides for the introduction of a new test protocol.

During an Environment Committee meeting attended by ENEP MEPs debated an implementation report put forward by CCS rapporteur Chris Davies (UK/ALDE).

ENEP Project Assistant, Freddie van Mierlo attended a Committee of the Regions stakeholder meeting on the new EU forests strategy (see also Newsflash 27). The Committee of the Regions represents the interests of cities and regions in the EU and must be consulted on legislative proposals.

An amended Commission proposal to include air transport within the Emissions Trading System was criticized by MEPs during a meeting of the Transport Committee. The original proposal was amended following talks at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montreal. Emissions from outside the European Economic Area will be excluded but the deal still includes those within the EEA.

The main features of the amended proposals are: