‘Dramatic’ rise of SUVs risks trashing global climate goals, warns IEA

The world’s growing appetite for fuel-hungry sports utility vehicles is more than offsetting CO2 emission reductions in the transport sector from electric cars and efficient small vehicles

The world’s growing appetite for fuel-hungry sports utility vehicles (SUVs) is more than offsetting CO2 emission reductions in the transport sector prompted by the uptake of electric cars and efficient small vehicles, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Presenting details of its World Energy Outlook, which will be published in November, the Paris-based agency says that SUVs are the second largest contributor to the increase in global emissions since 2010, behind only the power sector.

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