Average emissions from new passenger cars have increased every year since 2017. The reason is spelled SUV. Photo: © vectorlab2D/ Shutterstockk.com
SUVs hinder emission reductions from traffic
The European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment (ENVI) recently published an Opinion on the Commission’s Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy. It supports the strategy’s intention to end fossil fuel subsidies and ask for better incentives in the Energy Tax Directive for sustainable transport fuels. It is also alarmed by the fact that average emissions from new passenger cars have increased every year since 2017, which to a large extent can be attributed to sales of sport utility vehicles (SUVs). This has been enabled due to the heavy vehicle adjustment factor. Furthermore, the Opinion calls on the Commission to develop life cycle assessment (LCA) methodologies to measure the full climate impact of cars.
Source: Opinion of the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety for the Committee on Transport and Tourism on the sustainable and smart mobility strategy (2021/2046(INI))