Despite the strong impact of Covid-19 on the automotive industry, the European Commission does not intend to postpone the CO2 targets imposed on manufacturers.
Claimed by some manufacturers, the postponement of CO2 targets for 2020 is not on the agenda. European Commissioner for the internal market, Thierry Breton could not have been more clear. ” In no case will we delay the targets we have set for 2020 ” he said on Friday May 15 during a conference organized with representatives of the automotive industry and Frans Timmermans, executive vice president of the Commission for the Green Deal.
CAFE regulations, which require manufacturers to drastically reduce their CO2 emissions this year, will therefore not be delayed despite the crisis.
On the other hand, the European Commissioner suggested that the recovery plans orchestrated by the member states should not only focus on support for green vehicles. One way to adapt the response to the reality of an automotive market still dominated by sales of petrol and diesel vehicles. A choice that France may not make. Questioned by France Info, the Minister of Economy, Bruno Le Maire, spoke of “special support” for vehicles with the lowest CO2 emissions.