19 April 2019 | 5 minutes.

An interview with Greg Archer

Greg Archer
Director, Clean Vehicles, Transport & Environment

Greg Archer, Director, Clean Vehicles, Transport & Environment

Europe needs to bring electric vehicle production home and replace diesel vehicles faster to regain a leading role in the energy transition in the transport sector.

What is at stake in the current proposal to set future CO2 limits for cars and vans?

If the battle to transform our cars is lost we will not be able to deliver on the 2015 Paris Climate Commitments. Transport is Europe’s biggest climate problem representing over a quarter of all emissions and are still rising. Road transport is ¾ of all transport emissions and ¾ of these emissions are from cars and vans. Without meaningful CO2 cuts from cars and vans, transport emissions will not be put in check, and many EU Member States will not be able to reach their 2030 CO2 targets and the EU will default on its overall targets. If the EU, one of the leading advocates for the Paris Accord, cannot meet its goals it will have no credibility to push other countries to meet theirs, and to go further as will be needed to decarbonize by 2050. An unambitious car CO2 proposal could have global consequences in our efforts to avoid dangerous climate change.

Transport is Europe’s biggest climate issue representing over ¼ of all emissions and rising.

We need to make sure that the last combustion car is sold by 2035. To tackle rising transport carbon emissions, we need to set an ambitious and binding CO2 standards for 2025 and 2030. We need to both encourage companies producing zero emission vehicles while penalizing those declining to supply such vehicles, and ensure the emissions cuts are delivered on the road not just in distorted emissions tests. We urge member states to commit to a clean future and not perpetuate cars dirty diesel past.

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