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Clean solutions for all: T&E’s car decarbonisation roadmap

(Transport and Environment, 13 Mar 2024) T&E’s sets out how to meet the EU’s overall climate targets by providing clean and affordable solutions for all drivers.

The European Commission has just announced a -90% CO₂ reduction target across the European economy by 2040. To achieve this we need to move beyond focusing only on new sales and clean up the entire car fleet. T&E’s Road-to-Zero roadmap would secure the EU’s climate targets while providing clean and affordable solutions to help all drivers make the transition away from polluting fossil cars.

  • The current 2023 car CO₂ regulation, including the 2035 internal combustion engine (ICE) phase-out, is the single most important emission reduction measure, as it will reduce emissions by 57% in 2040 compared to 2015.
  • Additional measures are needed to phase out the remaining 73 million ICEs on our roads in 2050. The most effective and affordable options are scrapping old ICEs (and replacing them with battery electric vehicles, BEVs), followed by e-retrofits of ICEs.
  • E-fuels are more expensive and inefficient than other options, and as such are not needed to reduce the CO₂ emissions of the existing fleet.
  • Accelerating the BEV uptake in corporate fleets and avoiding the growth in car traffic by limiting new road construction or encouraging modal shifts are additional effective levers to reduce emissions in line with EU climate ambition.

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Transport and Environment, 13 Mar 2024: Clean solutions for all: T&E’s car decarbonisation roadmap