According to a report from Euractiv, ENVI Shadow Rapporteur Jens Gieseke (EPP, Germany) stated that he would fight for a “technology-open” approach within the Parliament on the proposal revising CO2 performance standards for heavy-duty vehicles. The MEP, who is known to have advocated for a similar approach to the revision of CO2 performance standards for light-duty vehicles, could push for truck manufacturers to be given the option of continuing to sell vehicles powered by combustion engines as long as they ensure that emissions reductions are achieved by introducing alternative fuels to the market.
To defend technological neutrality within the measure, the MEP could also propose the introduction of a voluntary credit system for synthetic fuels.
As previously reported, the ENVI Committee is provisionally scheduled to exchange views on the forthcoming Rapporteur’s draft Report on the proposal on 26 June.
The ENVI Committee is provisionally scheduled to exchange views on the forthcoming Rapporteur’s draft Report on the proposal on 26 June 2023, while ENVI MEPs will have until 4 July 2023 to table amendments to the draft Report. The ENVI Committee is provisionally scheduled to adopt its Report on the measure on 23 October 2023.
Council experts are expected to meet again over the coming months in order to prepare the Council’s internal position (General Approach). The Permanent Representative Committee (COREPER I) will meet on 7 and 9 June 2023 to prepare the next Environment Council debate on the proposal. The first debate on the measure between Member States Ministers will take place during the Environment Council scheduled on 20 June 2023.
Once both the European Parliament’s Committee and the Council have finalised their position on the proposal, informal negotiations with the aim of reaching a first reading agreement on the proposal are then expected to begin.
Any resulting compromise would need to be approved by the European Parliament and by the Council. Once adopted, the Regulation would enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.