In July 2020 the government published a consultation on 'CO2 emission performance standards for new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles'. This relates to the regulation of CO2 emission performance standards for new cars and vans from 1 January 2021 as part of the withdrawal from the EU.
Following the UK’s exit from the European Union on 31 January 2020, the EU CO2 emissions regulations continue to apply during the transition period. After 31 December 2020, subject to the terms of the future trade agreement between the UK and the EU, new vehicle registrations in the UK will cease to fall under the scope of EU regulation.
The Department for Transport (DfT) is laying a Statutory Instrument to correct for ‘deficiencies/inoperabilities’ within a revised text of the proposed regulation. This includes, for example, devising formulae that set specific CO2 targets in order to account for UK-only regulations and derogation thresholds to account for the size of the UK market rather than the EU.
The consultation period began on 10 July and runs until 21 August 2020.