Parliament demands 40% cut in car CO2 emissions

Average greenhouse gas emissions of new cars and vans should be cut by 40% over the decade to 2030, the European Parliament agreed in Strasbourg on Wednesday

Average greenhouse gas emissions of new cars and vans should be cut by 40% over the decade to 2030, the European Parliament agreed in Strasbourg on Wednesday despite intense lobbying from the automotive industry and resistance from right-wing MEPs.

Lawmakers adopted the position on post-2020 emissions standards by 389 to 239 votes after accepting a compromise amendment from MEP Miriam Dalli, who as lead negotiator had earlier secured environment committee backing to raise the European Commission's proposed 30% target by fifteen percentage points.

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