© Stocksak. FILEPHOTO: European Union flags are seen flying outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels (Belgium), September 28, 2022. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File photo
BRUSSELS, (Stocksak). The European Union has reached a deal on Thursday to prohibit the sale of new petrol- and diesel cars beginning in 2035. This agreement aims to accelerate the switch to electric cars and combat climate change.
Negotiators from the EU countries as well as the European Parliament must approve new EU laws. The European Commission also drafts new laws. Carmakers must achieve a 100 percent reduction in CO2 emissions by 2035. This would prevent them from selling new fossil fuel-powered vehicles within the 27-country bloc.
The deal also included a 55% reduction in CO2 emissions for new cars starting in 2030 versus 2021 levels. This is much higher than the current target of a 37.5% decrease by then.
The law, which was first proposed by the Commission last year, is one of the key pillars in a larger package of EU measures to achieve the EU’s climate goals.