“Fit for 55” aims to radically transform Europe’s transportation
Earlier this year, the European Union legally committed itself to reducing its carbon emissions by 55%, compared to 1990, by 2030 and become carbon neutral by 2050. The Commission’s new “Fit for 55” package has now proposed far-reaching legislation to radically transform Europe’s transport system. Among the many initiatives put forward by the European Commission, its proposed phasing out of the internal combustion engine by 2035 is surely Commission President von der Leyen’s landmark proposal. While not legally banning combustion engines themselves, its proposal foresees reducing the legal level of CO2 car emissions by 55% by 2030 and 100 percent by 2035 – effectively banning all but zero-emissions vehicles. Keep reading.
EU Commission presents legislative package to meet climate ambition
On Wednesday, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, First Executive Vice-President in charge of the Green Deal, Frans Timmermans, and five Commissioners presented an ambitious and comprehensive legislative package to reach the EU’s climate goal of carbon neutrality by 2050. Sectors that are strongly affected are, for example, forestry, automotive, aviation and the energy industry. In addition to a range of laws designed to transform transportation, the package includes several energy laws aimed at improving renewable energy and energy efficiency in the EU. Keep reading.
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