Everything Must Change for Everything to Stay the Same?
Prospects and Contradictions of the Electrification of the European Automotive Industry
Sase 2020 Virtual conference
Since 1998, the European Commission has tried to reduce cars greenhouse gas emissions by regulating the average CO2 emissions of new cars sales: from 180 CO2 gr/km in 1995, to 130 gr in 2015 and 95 gr in 2021. But this policy has proved largely inefficient. While the total greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union have diminished by 16% between 2000 and 2017, those from the transport sector, which account for one fourth of the total emissions, have increased by 3%. Road transport is by far the main culprit with cars representing 60% of total transport emissions.