Any citizen walking in the streets of Europe’s largest cities realizes the poor quality of air due to fossil fuels emissions. The situation gets worse in winter as trees lose their leaves. To tackle this issue the EU Commission made publicly available its second Clean Mobility Package last month.
The announcement shall be perceived as the first action after the State of the European Union speech in September. According to the words of President Jean-Claude Juncker
I want Europe to be the leader when it comes to the fight against climate change. Last year, we set the global rules of the game with the Paris Agreement ratified here, in this very House. Set against the collapse of ambition in the United States, Europe must ensure we make our planet great again. It is the shared heritage of all of humanity.
Brussels authorities would like to witness a reduction of 30% of CO2 emissions by 2030. While environmental activists state that this goal is far from ideal, carmakers affirm that the measure is considered too ambitious.
On the one hand, there are countries such as Norway that implemented many policies and subsidies to replace its cart fleet for electric vehicles. On the other, manufacturers and big oil companies are adamant to make changes in their respective business models. They might be losing a great opportunity to take the leap. Across the Atlantic, in the United States, Tesla is leading the way towards electric cars.
It should be noted that this time the EU is no longer mentioning its preference for electric vehicles. The measure will allow car manufacturers to popularize technologies such as hybrid and hydrogen cars. Combustion engines still have a chance of survival as long as they are improved, they shall emit less than 50g of CO2.