Weak EU vehicle emissions objectives may allow Europe's largest car manufacturers to manufacture millions more diesel and petrol powered automobiles than necessary by 2030, resulting in a ‘wasted decade’ for reducing carbon pollution.
Transport and Environment (T&E), a research institute and the leading clean transport campaign group in Europe, conducted an extensive analysis of car market sales strategies for electric vehicles, which revealed that manufacturers might be able to meet their 2030 EU carbon emissions goals with four years to spare.
The research did warn, however, that automakers might keep to their basic requirements, as they have in recent years, allowing the sector to sell their more lucrative petrol and diesel brands.
On the basis of the auto industry's publicly announced pledges for electric vehicle production, the study found a difference between what can be accomplished and where sales volumes would be if they were kept in accordance with EU emissions laws.
While some automakers may enthusiastically embrace the electric revolution, T&E stated that keeping the standards unaltered would threaten the sale of 18 million battery-powered vehicles and result in an additional 55 million tons of additional CO2 pollution, more than all of Spain's yearly car emissions combined.
T&E claimed that vehicle manufacturers received easier targets if they opted to sell heavier vehicles, elevating the sales of highly-polluting SUVs and plug-in hybrids; which, when not charged and run on fossil fuel, might pollute more than pure fossil fuel-powered vehicles.
Because of the spike in SUV sales, the average engine emissions of three carmakers, Jaguar Land Rover, Volvo, as well as Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, are now higher than they had been five years ago, even though they green their vehicle fleets by producing new electric cars. All three of the aforementioned vehicle manufacturers have signed a a new pledge at Cop26 last week to exclusively sell zero-emission vehicles by 2040.
Under the current guidelines, carmakers must reduce carbon emissions relative to the levels of 2021 by 15% by 2025, and by a recommended 55% by 2030, a larger reduction than initially planned. T&E, on the other hand, stated that the 55% reduction is still too mild, stressing that emissions should be cut by 80% by 2030, forcing carmakers to speed up their plans.