The European Parliament voted on Monday March 25th by an overwhelming majority of 521 votes in favour of a plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from cars and vans in Europe.
The law aims to reduce carbon dioxide by 37.5% for new cars for 2030 compared to 2021. Emissions from new vans will have to be 31% lower than in 2021.
The reductions are part of an attempt to launch cleaner vehicles to fight climate change.
"We achieved this legislation, despite fierce opposition from the car industry and certain member states, which refused to acknowledge the opportunities that stem from a more ambitious target," said MEP Miriam Dalli, who introduced the law during a plenary session in the eastern French city of Strasbourg.
This came after a tough compromise between parliament, which demanded 40% carbon dioxide reductions and Germany-backed member states that defended 35%.
Environmentalists said the maximum was not enough to slow global warming from carbon dioxide emissions.