Lawrence Speer, Automotive News Europe
Brussels -- EU governments remain divided on key elements of a plan to reduce CO2 emissions from Europe's new-car fleet.
Negotiators failed to reach an agreement during the latest talks, which ended late on 24 Nov, a source at the European Parliament told Automotive News Europe.
European Parliament member Guido Sacconi canceled a scheduled press conference here Tuesday after European Parliament members, European Commission representatives and national governments were unable to agree on details of a plan to cut average CO2 emissions from new cars sold in Europe by 18 percent to 130 g/km.
The Commission and Parliament want to introduce legislation to force carmakers to reach the 130 g/km average by 2012. Automakers that miss their allocated reduction would face huge fines.
Carmakers have been seeking gradual implementation of the target between 2012 and 2015. France and Germany, which have big auto industries, favour a gradual implementation.
Auto companies and some governments also are seeking to limit fines for non-compliance.
Talks in Brussels on Monday stalled over three issues:
1. The exact timetable for gradual implementation
2. The level of fines to be levied on carmakers that fail to meet objectives
3. A European Parliament demand that carmakers seek to meet a more ambitious 95 g/km ceiling by 2020.
Negotiators are expected to meet again later this month to discuss the CO2 target, which is part of a wider EU climate change package to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Negotiators still hope to reach an agreement before the December 11-12 meeting of the European Council. The EU's 27 heads of state are slated to approve the agreement on fighting climate change during that session.
The European Parliament plans to vote on the climate change package on 15-18 Dec, which will be its final session of 2008.
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