A bumpy road: the EU’s slow progress in decarbonizing the car sector

By Jana Gheuens

In a last-minute intervention, Germany blocked the agreed ban on internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles by 2035. This block risks derailing the decarbonization of one of the EU’s most polluting sectors, and is emblematic of the EU’s challenging history of trying to decarbonize the car sector. In this blogpost, Jana Gheuens discusses the evolution of the CO2 emission standards for new passenger cars and the many loopholes carmakers have received.