EU car firms "making progress" on CO2 pledge

Industry says it's on target for voluntary commitment to reduce automobile emissions

EU car manufacturers are well on target to reduce average carbon dioxide emissions from new vehicles by a quarter over a thirteen-year period to 2008, industry body Acea announced today. Marking the second anniversary of an agreement with the European Commission which introduced the commitment, Acea said average emissions had fallen from 186 grams per kilometre (g/km) in 1995 to 174 g/km in 1999. The agreement foresees emissions of 140 g/km or under within eight years (ENDS Daily 30 July 1998).

The organisation said the results were "creditable" and "totally consistent" with an interim goal for 2003 of reaching a range of 165-170 g/km. If achieved, the commitment will contribute 15% of the EU's emission reduction target under the Kyoto climate protocol and stabilise road transport CO2 emissions within five years, it said.

Acea's progress report follows a claim that a similar Swiss voluntary agreement under which car makers agreed to reduce average fuel consumption is unlikely to meet its target (ENDS Daily 21 July).

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