New concern over car efficiency labelling

UK research underscores car industry concerns over low impact of EU requirements

British research has underscored car industry concerns that an EU law requiring fuel consumption and carbon dioxide (CO2) emission labelling of all new cars is producing only limited benefits. Environment is seen by most purchasers as a "dull, albeit important issue" - where it is understood at all - and generally has low priority, according to a paper posted by the UK transport ministry.

Under an EU-industry voluntary agreement, the car industry is committed to achieving a 25% cut in average CO2 emissions of new cars by 2008. The 1999 EU directive on consumer information on new vehicles' fuel consumption and CO2 emissions was intended to support this aim.

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