Transport timetable: What’s moving in late 2020

(EurActiv, 17 Aug 2020) Europe’s transport sector, already hard hit by the coronavirus outbreak, faces a crucial and possibly defining end to 2020. EU and global targets will start to bite, while new technologies will face a challenging acid test.

Binding CO2 emission targets for cars and vans wrap up this year. Manufacturers have to meet an average fleet emission benchmark of 95g per kilometre or face potentially substantial financial penalties.

Some firms have ramped up electric vehicle sales to drag their emissions down, while others like Fiat-Chrysler have entered pooling agreements with specialists like Tesla. CO2 output actually spiked in 2019, suggesting that some carmakers will not make the grade in time.

At the beginning of the virus crisis, manufacturers sounded out the European Commission about an extended deadline, citing the cooling effect the pandemic is having on car sales, but the idea was swiftly ruled out by the executive.

The reporting period for the EU’s stricter 2030 target kicks in at the end of the year. As part of its Green Deal, the Commission suggested that the legislation could be reviewed ahead of time to contribute more to the bloc’s environmental push. Late-2020 will shed more light on that prospect.

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EurActiv, 17 Aug 2020: Transport timetable: What’s moving in late 2020