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Agreement on reducing car emission levels as a step towards sustainable use of resources

2013-12-02

After examining the final text of the proposal amending the regulation to define the modalities for reaching the 2020 target to reduce CO2 emissions from new passenger cars, the EU Permanent Representatives Committee unanimously approved the legislators’ agreement.

According to the Minister for Environment, Valentinas Mazuronis, improving the efficiency and sustainability of new passenger cars and reducing dependency on petroleum resources is our primary focus. “By ensuring development of alternative fuel infrastructure and manufacture of low-emitting vehicles in the EU, we could contribute to the growing market factors and economic development. Under the Europe 2020 strategy for sustainable use of resources, Europe is transitioning towards a low CO2 emissions-based economy, which could help achieve sustainable growth,” Mr Mazuronis said.

The Permanent Representatives Committee has authorised the Lithuanian presidency of the European Council to inform the Environmental Committee of the European Parliament in writing about the first reading agreement.

By 2015, the Commission will furnish the European Parliament and the Council with a report which should contain proposals on amending the said regulation in order to define requirements related to CO2 emission levels applicable to new passenger cars after 2020, based on a detailed environmental impact assessment.

Public information division
2 December 2013

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas