Strasbourg, France - The European Parliament agreed on Wednesday to push for a 40 percent cut of CO2 emissions from new cars by 2030 - a more ambitious target than that sought by the European Commission and car-making giant Germany.
The EU goals - which must now be finalised in negotiations with member states - are part of global efforts to reduce CO2 emissions and limit global warming, in line with the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change.
By 2021, existing EU rules stipulate that the new car mix offered by each manufacturer cannot exceed an average of 95 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre.
Under proposals put forward by the commission last year, that target would be lowered by 30 percent by 2030.
Car makers have argued that the goal is too ambitious, while environmental groups have pushed for a greater reduction.