On May 7, the European Parliament Environment Committee approved a proposal to limit carbon dioxide emissions from vans and light commercial vehicles to 147 grams per kilometer (g/km) beginning in 2020. In 2012, the average new van emissions of vehicles sold in the European Union (EU) was 188.7 g/km. Vans are already required to meet a standard of 175 g/km by 2017. The proposal will next be considered by the European Parliament and the EU Council; if an agreement between the two is reached, it will be considered by the full European Parliament for approval in July.