Pace of new car CO2 emission cuts quickens

European manufacturers report big efficiency gain in 2000, putting EU deal on track  

Average carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from European new cars fell by nearly 3% in 2000, trade association Acea reported today. The reduction puts manufacturers on track to meet or even exceed a targeted 25% cut from 1995 levels by 2008.

Under the EU’s 1998 deal with car makers (ENDS Daily 30 July 1998), average new car CO2 emissions should fall from 186 grams of CO2 per kilometre (g/km) in 1995 to 140g/km in 2008, or 2009 in the case of Japanese and Korean firms. First monitoring data released last year showed reductions had been made to 1999, but not fast enough to achieve the target (ENDS Daily 6 October 2000).

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