The European commission proposed draft legislation on Wednesday setting out how carmakers should cut carbon dioxide emissions from new cars through improvements in engine technology. The main elements are as follows:
- An average emission target for all newly registered cars in the EU of 130 grams per kilometre (g/km) by 2012.
- Individual targets for each manufacturer based on the average mass of their EU car fleet, established through an emission limit curve (see Q&A memo below). An average mass of 1,400kg gives a target of roughly 130g/km, 700kg gives 100g/km and 3,000kg gives 200g/km.
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