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EU car emissions post 2020: lighter vehicles for less CO2


EU car emissions post 2020: lighter vehicles for less CO2

In November 2017, the European Commission presented a legislative proposal setting new CO2 emission standards for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles for the period after 2020. Both for new cars and vans, the average CO2 emissions will have to be 30% lower in 2030, compared to 2021.

CO2 emission limits are currently set according to the mass of vehicles, meaning heavier cars are allowed higher emissions than lighter cars. According to the European Commission, this approach allows maintaining the diversity of the European vehicle market and its ability to cater for different consumer needs.

However, a switch to a footprint-based approach, based on a vehicle’s size rather than its weight, would increase the appeal of lightweighting and encourage manufacturers to explore the full range of options for boosting fuel efficiency. Furthermore, the positive impact on innovation should not be underestimated.

EURACTIV invites you to this workshop to discuss the potential of lightweighting in vehicles to meet post 2020 CO2 targets. Questions will include:

- Are there any other ways to encourage lightweighting in the regulation?
- What are the benefits of a calculation system based on footprint rather than vehicle mass?
- How can innovation help?
- What role can lightweighting play for electrification?

Supported by:

European Aluminium


Euractiv Network Office
Boulevard Charlemagne 1, 1041 Brussels

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Kathleen Van Brempt MEP, former Chair Committee of Inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector, European Parliament
Artur Runge-Metzger, Director DG Clima, European Commission
Bastiaan Hassing, First Secretary, Transport, Climate Action and Environment, NL Permanent Representation to the EU
Chris Carroll, Policy Director, FIA Region I
Nunzio Cuppoletta, Director Market Sector Automotive Europe, Hydro Extruded Solutions


Frédéric Simon, Publisher&Editor, EURACTIV


12:00 – 12:30 Registration and light lunch
12:30 – 13:00 Opening statements
13:00 – 14:00 Discussion and Q&A


Simona Ovesea
+32 (0)2 788 36 86