From 2035, the European Union will introduce such strict emission regulations that traditional internal combustion engines will not be able to meet them even in the case of hybrid drives, said Pascal Canfin, chairman of the European Parliament's Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. In doing so, he responded to a call from nine European Union member states, which last week called on the European Commission to set a date after which it will not be possible to sell new fossil fuel cars in the Union. The group, led by Denmark and the Netherlands, wants the car industry to align with an ambitious EU climate policy
The year from which the new cars will refuel exclusively with electrons, Canfin announced in a speech in the French parliament. Brussels is now preparing to approve a revision of emission standards, to be presented in June this year. Europe does not directly ban oil-based engines, but it penalizes those with higher levels of emissions through fines that affect carmakers by bandoning their production. In this way, the category of small cars, which have an unfavorable CO 2 balance due to complex emission mathematics, has almost been eradicated , even though they emit very little in absolute numbers.
Automakers are already announcing today that after 2025 - ten years before the final end - when the newly planned Euro 7 economy is due to enter into force, cars will not meet the strict limits without at least partial help from electric traction. Canfin recalled in the French parliament that "in the next eighteen months, around fifty laws will be revised at European level to provide the legislative framework for the Green Agreement, one of which is the climate law, which sets a target of reducing CO 2 emissions by at least 55 percent ’. In addition, another important legislative package with 12 directives related to trade in CO 2 credits will arrive in June . At the same time, CO 2 targets are to be set , which will affect the automotive, agricultural, energy and housing sectors.
According Canfin, who is a Member of the European Parliament since 2019, leads a combination of various legislative provisions to a "profound transformation of the automotive market." Based on all the planned measures, the President of the European Commission for the Environment in 2035 limit emissions of CO 2 so severe that " the current technology of petrol and diesel engines will no longer be able to meet the new limits. " As a result, it will be impossible to sell vehicles with traditional drives, they will only have to be electric, because even light hybrids and plug-in hybrids can have compliance problems.
The war will start sooner
Hybrids combining an internal combustion engine with electric assistance will essentially be ordered by the forthcoming Euro 7 economy , which is due to be approved in the coming months and will enter into force on 1 January 2026. for this year. According to representatives of the automotive industry, it is basically a declaration of war for diesel and gasoline cars. "The recommendations known so far for the new Euro 7 standard are unrealistic. What this standard proposes is practically impossible to meet, "commented Hildegard Müller, head of the association of German car manufacturers VDA, last autumn.
Frans Timmermans, Vice-President of the European Commission and Chief Climate Advocate, said the decisions would be made in dialogue with the car industry, but added that he did not want to avoid difficult topics and difficult decisions.
"You know that the automotive industry always starts by saying it's impossible, and in the end it works. But I don't take it as a template for my actions, because we have to listen to their arguments, "Timmermans is quoted as saying by Autoweek magazine. It acknowledges the crucial role of the car industry for Europe's economy, but adds that there is now a need to switch to electric vehicles and the use of hydrogen for freight transport. "I know there's a lot of nervousness here. We will have a dialogue with industry, but we cannot wait until 2029 to reduce emissions further, "he added.
The European Commission says it is working to keep the automotive industry competitive while protecting citizens' health and the environment, Autoweek said. "The Commission is carefully evaluating the various strategies and their benefits and costs. However, internal combustion engines are more likely to cease to exist if no coordinated action is taken, "Euractiv quoted one Brussels official as saying.
"We need to speed up the green transition in road transport and, as legislators, send a clear message to producers and consumers," said Dan Jörgensen, the Danish Minister for Climate, Energy and Resources, last week. In addition, representatives of the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Greece, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg and Malta signed a call on the European Commission to set an end date for internal combustion engines.
The European Union must also strengthen the infrastructure of charging and refueling stations for zero-emission cars, said representatives of nine countries. According to them, Brussels should allow individual countries to phase out restrictions and bans on the sale of new cars on fossil fuels. By 2050, Europe wants to achieve climate neutrality.