MEPs vote to end heat engines in 2035

The European Parliament on Wednesday approved, despite fierce opposition from the right, Brussels’ proposal to reduce emissions from new cars from 2035 to zero, de facto allowing only the sale of electric vehicles.

MEPs, meeting in plenary in Strasbourg, validated the text on regulating CO2 emissions from cars and vans, which is part of the EU’s ambitious climate plan, by 339 for (249 votes against, 24 abstentions).

This close vote determines the position of MEPs before their negotiations with the Member States to finalize a compromise. Cars account for 12% of CO2 emissions in the EU.

“A clear cape”

The goal of “zero emissions” has been the subject of a fierce battle in the House, with an amendment by the EPP (pro-European right and first force in Parliament) proposing a 90% reduction in emissions instead. cars in 2035.

This would have allowed the sale of hybrid cars to continue. The amendment was eventually narrowly rejected. Conversely, the Greens, who wanted to push for a ban on heat engines by 2030, were also unconvinced.

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The right, which also called for carbon emissions to be taken into account in the production of a car, failed to pass an amendment promoting the use of potentially greener “fossil fuels” than fossil fuels.

“We are setting a clear direction for the industry by supporting the end of heat engines in 2035, a major victory consistent with the goal of carbon neutrality by 2050,” he said. Pascal Canfin (Renew, Liberals), Chair of the Environment Committee in Parliament.

With 13 years to change the most important job-changing industry in Europe, “entering electromobility is a way to protect both the climate and the jobs of this sector over time,” confirms the German MEP Michael Bloss (Greens).

“A historic opportunity”

In addition, “phasing out combustion engines is a historic opportunity to end our dependence on oil,” while increased production of electric vehicles will help lower the price, says Alex Keynes of Transport & Environment. . However, the right, which logically voted against the whole text, is alarmed by the industrial consequences.

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“Imposing ‘zero emissions’ would be tantamount to condemning a whole section of industrial activity and severely penalizing consumers,” said Agnès Evren (EPP). It denounces a text that “will prevent the marketing of high-performance hybrid vehicles or vehicles that use biofuels”, the production of which could be cheaper and less carbon-emitting than electric vehicles.

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