Average carbon dioxide emissions from new cars sold in Europe were cut by around one per cent in 2005 according to the latest figures published in a report by ENDS (Environmental Data Services). In order to meet the industry’s voluntary 2008/9 target of 140g/km, carmakers will need an unprecedented improvement rate of over four per cent a year according to the European Federation for Transport and the Environment (T&E).
European, Japanese and Korean carmakers now stand virtually no chance of meeting CO2 targets agreed with the EU, said Brussels-based T&E who sourced the sales data on which the figures are based from a German consultancy also used by the European Commission.
The industry agreed in 1998 to reduce average new vehicle CO2 output to 140 grams per kilometre by 2008/9, compared with 186 g/km in 1995.
European manufacturers have achieved the lowest average emissions – 160 g/km average in 2005 compared with 169 g/km for Japanese-made cars and 172g/km for those made in Korea.
A European Commission spokesperson said that T&E’s data would need to be checked against official EU figures.
T&E’s revelation is timed to coincide with a European Commission review of EU policy on vehicle CO2 emissions due in mid-2006. This will explore how Europe can build on the existing voluntary agreement to achieve a more ambitious goal of average 120 g/km emissions from new vehicles.