Flawed test helps carmakers hit CO2 goals

Cars in the EU are emitting around 20% more CO2 than testing procedures indicate, the European Environment Agency has reported

Cars in the EU are emitting around 20% more CO2 than testing procedures indicate, the European Environment Agency has reported.

Diesel car emissions are likely to be 21% higher than laboratory tests show, while petrol car emissions are 19% higher.

The EU’s testing procedure is currently being updated.

On paper, all major carmakers had already met their 2014 target for new car CO2 emissions in 2013, and 15 of the 21 major manufacturers had hit their 2015 target too, the agency’s research indicates.

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