According to Brussels, this will bring the EU closer to achieving its climate targets, and will make sure that car manufacturers contribute to the greenhouse gas emission reduction efforts.

The aim of the regulation adopted by the Council is to ensure that from 2030 onwards new cars will emit on average 37.5 percent less CO2 and new vans will emit on average 31 percent less CO2 compared to 2021 levels.

Between 2025 and 2029, both cars and vans will be required to emit 15 percent less CO2. These are EU-wide fleet targets.

The CO2 reduction effort will be distributed among manufacturers on the basis of the average mass of their vehicle fleet.