Slow car CO2 cuts "not carmakers’ fault"

Industry group urges harmonised CO2-based taxes to stimulate demand, rather than technology forcing

The EU should introduce harmonised carbon dioxide-based taxation and other demand-side measures to cut CO2 from cars rather than demanding more technology changes from manufacturers, trade body Acea has insisted.

The industry is facing the threat of possible legal curbs on average vehicle CO2 after the alleged "failure" of its voluntary agreement with the EU (EED 30/10/06).  The European commission is to table proposals in December.  In a new paper, Acea insists that the blame really lies elsewhere.

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