Greens urge MEPs to remain firm on car CO2 cuts

New study says only binding 120g/km goal by 2012 will allow EU to meet its 20 per cent climate goal

Car makers must cut average carbon dioxide emissions from their vehicles to 120 grams per kilometre (g/km) by 2012 if the EU is to meet its 2020 climate goal, according to the European parliament's Green MEPs. The warning is based on the findings of a new report by German consultancy CPC-Berlin.

Using estimates from Germany's Öko-Institut on the overall carbon cut that the EU must achieve to meet its target of reducing emissions by 20 per cent to 2020, the study says the car sector will have to meet the 120g/km goal if it is to contribute its fair share.

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