Yesterday the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) of the European Parliament voted about emission performance standards for new passenger cars and for new light commercial vehicles.
The Committee voted for stricter CO2 targets than initially proposed by the European Commission. Also, a higher threshold in addition to incentives for sales of low- and zero emission vehicles was decided about. The position of the ENVI Committee contrasts with the ones from the other Committees involved, missing the opportunity to deliver an inclusive tool towards the decarbonization of the mobility sector.
Nevertheless, the Committee calls on the European Commission to develop in future a methodology for the Life Cycle Analysis assessment of the emissions related to the fuel/energy production and to vehicles manufacturing.
“This result is unfortunately leading the proposal away from a technology neutral approach that would enable the conditions to really achieve full decarbonisation of the transport system, whereby the contribution from natural gas would be crucial" – Andrea Gerini, Secretary General of NGVA Europe, commented – "On the other hand, NGVA Europe welcomes the request to move towards a Life Cycle Analysis approach, including a Well to Wheel methodology, and we expect that the plenary vote in October would offer a more balanced proposal where first steps in this direction should be introduced. This would be beneficial in supporting the development of all solutions.”