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Regulating CO2 emission standards for new cars and vans after transition

They are seeing views on implementation plans and operational procedures of the scheme, which will be implemented after the transition period ends on 31 December 2020. It aims to ensure continuity to the regulation of C02 emissions from new cars and vans when they are first registered in the UK.

Until the end of 2019, emissions of CO2 from new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles registered in Europe each year (registrations) were governed by 2 regulations – (EC) 443/2009 which regulated the CO2 emissions of new M1 vehicles (passenger cars) sold into the EU market; and (EC) 510/2011 which regulated the CO2 emissions of new N1 vehicles (light commercial vehicles) sold into the EU market.

These 2 regulations were repealed and replaced by EU 2019/631 on 1 January 2020. Regulation 2019/631 recasts the requirements pertaining to 2020-2024 from regulations 443/2009 and 510/2011, and sets new targets for 2025 and 2030.

The current targets in the new regulation require the average CO2 emissions of all new cars registered in the EU in any given calendar year to be no more than 95g of CO2 per km by 2021. 95% of all new cars registered in 2020 must meet this 95g CO2 per km target, effectively giving a one-year phase in of the 2021 target.

The UK Government plans to maintain the EU formulae ‘as-is’ which will continue to compare the vehicles against the mass of EU vehicles.

The Department is seeking views on implementation plans and operational procedures. Please remember to respond given the UK’s general approach in retaining the cars and light commercial vehicles regulation.

Question 1

Do you have any comments on the approaches proposed for UK targets and CO2 emission formulae? Are there unintended consequences of the proposed approach? If not, please explain your reasons in your response.

Question 2

Do you have any comments on the approach proposed for sales volumes and derogation thresholds? Are there unintended consequences of the proposed approach? If not, please explain your reasons in your response.

Question 3

Do you have any comments on the approach proposed for eco-innovations? Are there unintended consequences of the proposed approach? If not, please explain your reasons in your response.

Question 4

Do you have any comments on the approach proposed for super-credits? Are there unintended consequences of the proposed approach? If not, please explain your reasons in your response.

Question 5

Do you have any comments on the minor and technical changes proposed? Are there unintended consequences of the proposed approach? If not, please explain your reasons in your response.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology Trustees propose submitting a response to this consultation and invite comments from Members who have expertise in this area and have studied the consultation documents. In its capacity as a professional body, the IET will confine itself to only addressing those questions that are within its area(s) of competence.

For more information and a summary of the questions, please refer to the consultation webpage.

Please respond no later than 9 am 10/08/20 to Paloma Cid, with "Regulating CO2 emission standards for new cars and vans after transition" in the subject line.