Responding to MEPs voting to reduce CO2 emissions from new cars by 40% by 2030, Keith Taylor, Green MEP for the South East and a member of the European Parliament's Transport Committee, said:
"The European Parliament has shown some much-needed ambition when it comes to the need to reduce transport emissions in the face of the ongoing climate breakdown. However, it is patently clear that the voice of conservatives and lobbyists is still too strong in the ears of some member states."
"It is shameful that Tory MEPs voted against the target. While Britain has watered down a promised ban on petrol and diesel cars by 2040, an already inadequate pledge, the Netherlands, among others, has stepped up the fight to rid our roads of climate-destructive and air polluting fossil fuel powered vehicles by 2030."
"It is only by working together across the EU that we can take the action necessary to clean up our roads and our air. As industry lobbyists continue to find favour with national parliaments, the majority of MEPs in the European Parliament have demonstrated a willingness to resist vested interests in the fight to protect our planet. More action is required, with more urgency, but we must welcome every positive step forward on the journey."
The senior Green politician recently launched a new publication calling for an overhaul of outdated transport infrastructure thinking and a focus on public and active transport investment.