Average new car CO2 emissions continue to decline across the EU, falling 2.6% to 132.2g/km in 2012, according to a new report released today by the European Environment Agency (EEA).
Owing to enhanced technologies coming to market and an increased demand for diesel cars, the decline in average CO2 is a positive step towards meeting long-term emissions targets set by the European Commission. However, the report highlights that a significant step-change in the types of vehicle technologies available to motorists and how they are used is needed to ensure the decarbonisation of road transport in the EU.
The latest edition of EEA’s Monitoring CO2 emissions from new passenger cars in the EU Report also emphasises that the average car registered in the EU in 2012 was 9% more fuel-efficient than the average car bought in 2009.
Jacqueline McGlade, EEA Executive Director said, “New vehicle technology is becoming more efficient, which is an encouraging sign. But significantly cutting the greenhouse gases from transport will also require a more fundamental change in the transport modes we use and how we use them.”
Connie Hedegaard, EC Climate Action Commissioner said, “This clearly shows that it helps to set standards and European car makers are embracing the opportunities of moving to a low-carbon economy by delivering cars that are increasingly fuel efficient and emit less and less CO2.
“In doing this, the European car industry will not only remain competitive in the changing global market but is also benefiting consumers, who are saving money on fuel.”
In 2009, legislation was passed, committing European car manufacturers to cut average CO2 emissions from new cars to 130g/km by 2015 and 95g/km by 2020.