On October 16, Minister of Climate and Environment Romina Pourmokhtari will attend a meeting of the European Environment Council in Luxembourg. EU environment and climate ministers must, among other things, agree on common positions before the COP28 climate summit and on reducing carbon dioxide emissions from buses and heavy vehicles.
EU countries are negotiating as a party to the global climate negotiations and must agree on common positions to advance the negotiations before the COP28 climate summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, at the beginning of December. The Swedish government worked with the European Union to emphasize the urgency and potential of climate change at the climate summit, and to pressure countries around the world to phase out the production and consumption of fossil fuels.
Ahead of COP28, ministers will also adopt an update to the EU’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) that reflects the outcomes of negotiations on the EU’s new climate package, which is fit for 55 years. It is expected that the EU NDC will be ready for communication at COP28. Dubai.
During the council meeting, ministers are also expected to take decisions on tougher emission targets for newly manufactured buses and heavy vehicles. Under the settlement, all newly manufactured city buses must be zero carbon dioxide emissions from 2030. The decision also includes target levels for buses and other heavy vehicles.
Swedish companies are at the forefront of developing heavy electric vehicles. Romina Pourmokhtari, Minister of Climate and Environment, says that switching to electric cars is good for Sweden and the EU’s competitiveness, and is absolutely necessary for Sweden to reach the climate goal of net-zero emissions by 2045.
If the Council agrees, negotiations will remain with the European Parliament, which is still reviewing the regulation.
Decisions must also be made on revised sanitation directives.
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