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European Green Deal: Only carbon-free vehicles will be sold in EU from 2035

BRUSSELS: As part of the European Union’s significant steps to combat air pollution, strict restrictions on the sale of new cars will be imposed in EU countries. From 2035, only zero-emission vehicles will be allowed to be sold in Europe. This is an unprecedented plan of the EU to link its economy with more ambitious climate targets.

Europe is on track to become the world’s first carbon-free continent by 2050 under the Green Deal, as part of the global fight against climate change. The European Commission’s law banning the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles within the next fifteen years is part of its action plan.

By 2030, the EU aims to cut carbon emissions from new cars and vans by 65%. According to media reports, the European Commission plans to reduce it to zero by 2035. There will be EU laws requiring states to meet stricter pollution standards and to increase vehicle charging infrastructure.

The 2030 climate goal is to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 percent from the 1990 level. To achieve the goal, every corner of its economy will need to be overhauled.

The biggest challenge is lowering the amount of greenhouse emissions in transportation and industries. Achieving this goal would require a 37.5% reduction in car emissions by 2030. Passenger cars are estimated to account for 12% of the total carbon emissions in the EU.

EU imposes fines on carmakers

The European Union recently punished four major German automakers for colluding to limit the development and rollout of car emission control systems.

The EU fined Daimler, BMW, Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche €875 million after the European Commission found that the manufacturers avoided competing on technology to reduce emissions from petrol and diesel passenger cars. According to reports, Daimler was not fined after revealing the cartel to the Commission.

EU anti-trust chief Margrethe Vestager said that manufacturers deliberately avoided to competing on technology to lower harmful emissions beyond legal limits. Companies did so despite the availability of relevant technology. They also denied customers the opportunity to buy low-pollution cars, she added.

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