3 February 2017

European Commission invites feedback on Clean Vehicles Directive

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the revision of the directive governing the procurement of clean and energy-efficient road vehicles. At present, the Clean Vehicles Directive requires public bodies to consider energy and environmental impacts when purchasing road vehicles. The revision aims to ensure that the directive better supports the achievement of EU policy objectives on climate change and air pollution, and that it stimulates the market for vehicles with low- or zero-emissions.

The consultation takes the form of a questionnaire split into five sections. All citizens and organisations are welcome to participate, with local, regional and national public authorities and public contracting entities particularly encouraged. Contributions can be submitted in any EU language. Questionnaires should be returned by 24 March 2017.

A December 2015 evaluation of the directive found that it had little impact on stimulating market uptake of clean vehicles, meaning that it did not reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants to the extent hoped. The revised directive aims to rectify such issues.

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