News Digest Item
20 Sep 2018

EU must ban new petrol and diesel cars by 2030 to achieve climate targets - study

Guardian / DLR / Greenpeace

The European Union will have to prohibit new petrol and diesel cars by 2030 to ensure that the continent meets its emissions reduction obligations under the Paris Climate Agreement, a study commissioned by Greenpeace and conducted by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) has shown. The researchers investigated how Europe's car fleet must develop in order to achieve the objective of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. They found that the EU's passenger car carbon budget would be completely depleted in 5-10 years' time, if Europe's car fleet continues to develop as it did in the past.

Find a press release in English here and an article in the Guardian in English here.

For background, read the article Germany launches task force to kickstart shift to sustainable mobility and the factsheet The debate over an end to combustion engines in Germany.

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