EU ministers "impatient for vehicle CO2 cuts"

Environment council reveals growing move towards legal limits on passenger car emissions

Governments increasingly believe the EU will have to legislate to limit carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from cars, it emerged at the latest meeting of EU environment ministers on Thursday. The shift reveals dwindling confidence in the voluntary approach the bloc has taken up to now.

Under a landmark EU voluntary agreement, European, Japanese and Korean carmakers are working to reduce fleet average emissions to 140 grams per kilometre (g/km) by 2008/9. Manufacturers have so far avoided committing to the EU's more ambitious political goal of average 120 g/km by 2012 (EED 15/03/04).

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