On July 14, 2021, the European Commission proposed more ambitious targets that, if acheived, will make the EU's climate, energy, transport and taxation policies on track for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels.
Achieving these emission reductions in the next decade is crucial to Europe becoming the world's first climate-neutral continent by 2050 and making the European Green Deal a reality.
Recognising that transport emissions represent 25% of the EU's total greenhouse gas emissions, the Commission has set the goal of reaching a 90% reduction in transport-related greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Such a goal will require significant changes across the transport sector.
Focusing specifically on vans and cars, the Commission has proposed the following:
- 55% reduction of emissions from cars by 2030
- 50% reduction of emissions from vans by 2030
- 0emissions from new cars by 2035
The growth of the market for zero- and low- emissions vehicles is also promoted. In particular, the Commission seeks to ensure that citizens have the infrastructure they need to charge these vehicles.
In addition, from 2026, road transport will be covered by emissions trading, putting a price on pollution, stimulating cleaner fuel use, and re-investing in clean technologies.
Discover more about the transformation of our economy and society within the scope of the EU Green Deal here.
Discover more about the new transport-related goals here.
Watch the accompanying promotional video here.