The European Commission plans to launch a "broad" consultation on post-2020 policy for controlling CO2 emissions for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles, it said in an action plan unveiled on Thursday.
The commission says it will propose goals for 2025 and 2030 by the end of 2014. This may lead to a move from mass-based to footprint-based CO2 targets, which some argue would promote lighter, more fuel-efficient vehicles.
The idea is supported by climate commissioner Connie Hedegaard, NGOs and some parts of industry. At an event in the European Parliament on Wednesday, aluminium trade association EAA said mass-based targets were "unfair and short-sighted" and urged MEPs and member states to introduce a footprint parameter.
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