Euro-MPs urge dilution of car CO2 target

Strasbourg parliament says EU should give carmakers until 2015 to cut vehicle carbon emissions to 125g/km

The European parliament wants to weaken European commission proposals for legally binding cuts in carbon dioxide emissions from new cars, according to a resolution adopted in Strasbourg on Wednesday.

In February the commission suggested carmakers should be made to reduce average emissions to 130g/km by 2012 (EED 07/02/07). MEPs now say that the target should be 125g/km, but that manufacturers should have until 2015 to meet it. The objective is significantly weaker than the 120g/km by 2012 target recommended by the assembly's environment committee in September (EED 13/09/07).

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