Italy and 4 other countries will ask the European Union to postpone the stop on the sale of petrol and diesel cars to 2040

Let petrol and diesel-powered cars survive for at least another five years. This is the request that ItalyBulgaria, PortugalRomania e Slovakia presented a document addressed to theEuropean Union. The proposal of the five countries is to postpone the elimination of combustion engines from 2035 to 2040 and to reduce CO2 emissions by 90%, instead of 100% as proposed by the European Commission and the European Parliament) in 2035. The document – which the agency has read Handle – was circulated in view of the meeting of EU environment council set for Tuesday 28. According to what has been learned, Italy has joined the initiative with the specific aim of obtaining changes to the text under examination on commercial vehicles, biofuels and niche productions.

The signatory countries of the document propose several changes to the European Commission’s proposal on the standards of CO2 emissions from cars and commercial vehicles light of new registration. The targets proposed by the European Commission, and supported by the European Parliament, are essentially moved forward by 5 years. Regarding cars, Italy, Bulgaria, Portugal, Romania and Slovakia are asking for one reduction of CO2 emissions by 90% by 2035 and 100% by 2040. For light commercial vehicles, a decrease in emissions by 45% by 203080% by 2035 and 100% by 2040. For these vehicles, it is also requested to restore the mechanism to ensure a fair distribution efforts to reduce emissions among producers. The five countries also support the extension of the duration of the derogation which benefits niche producers, such as Ferrari, Lamborghini and other luxury brands, beyond 2029 and at least until 2036, and the extension of the mechanism of vehicle incentives with low emissions beyond 2029. That is to say at a date to be established after the revision of the regulation envisaged in 2028. The countries that presented the non-paper also support the introduction of a methodology to take into account the contribution of renewable fuels to meet the emission reduction targets.

The proposal to stop sales of new petrol and diesel cars starting in 2035 was voted on by the European Parliament on 8 June last. On that same occasion, a bipartisan amendment signed by Italian MEPs from all sides for extend the derogation from the EU rules on the emission standards of the CO2 which niche producers already benefit from today. The plenary of theEuropean Parliament had given the go-ahead for the extension from 2030 to 2036 of the derogation for small car manufacturers (from 1000 to 10 thousand a year) and vans (from 1000 to 22 thousand). The amendment was presented with the clear aim of safeguarding supercar production in the Motor Valley of Emilia-Romagna. Now Italy joins the requests of 4 other countries in which there are numerous factories for the production of cars.


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