EU car CO2 emissions paper delayed

Dimas remains confident of colleagues’ backing for legally binding 120 gram CO2 target

The European commission has delayed until mid-January closely watched proposals on how to continue reducing carbon emissions from new cars after 2008/9, when an existing voluntary agreement with manufacturers expires.  The paper was to appear this week.

The postponement until after a major energy policy announcement due on 10 January (see separate article, this edition) has prompted speculation of a major rethink, particularly following a high-profile intervention by enterprise commissioner Günter Verheugen.

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