Member states have set a concrete goal to switch to more renewables in energy production, but not every country is moving at the same pace. So far, the energy transition has had little impact on overall CO2 emissions.
The European Parliament has proposed even tougher 2030 targets for car and van emissions than advocated by the Commission. Manufacturers whose fleets exceed the average goal would pay fines to fund re-training.
A day after the UN warned the world was "running out time" on climate change, EU ministers have battled over the extent of emission cuts on carmakers. Germany is concerned more ambitious cuts would be bad for business.
There's only so much greenhouse gas we can emit before global temperature rise exceeds 2 degrees — the so-called carbon budget. And Germany will blow its share of the budget if it doesn't quit coal soon, experts warn.
European carmakers have openly questioned the EU's 2021 car emissions goals, rejecting tougher reduction targets planned for 2030. They claim the bloc's targets and its push toward more electronic cars will cost jobs.
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