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CO2 Emissions Down as EU Drivers Buy Cleaner Cars

April 14, 2016

CO2 Emissions Down as EU Drivers Buy Cleaner Cars

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, April 14, 2016 (ENS) – New cars sold in the European Union are increasingly more fuel-efficient and beat the official CO2 emissions target handily, concludes the European Environment Agency (EEA) in a new report published today.

Official test results reported by national authorities to the agency show that last year new passenger cars sold emitted, on average, just 119.6 grams of carbon dioxide (CO2) per kilometre.

That’s a full eight percent below the official EU target set for 2015 – more than 10 g CO2/km below the 2015 target.

The EEA report is based on “reported emissions,” which the agency calls “the provisional data,” indicating some possible adjustments to come.

Since 2010, when monitoring started under current legislation, the EEA says official data shows emissions have fallen by more than 20 g CO2/km.

The European Union met its 2015 target of 130 g CO2/km in 2013 – two years ahead of schedule.

Last year, the average CO2 emissions of a new car sold was three percent lower than in the previous year.

In the next few years, the noose of regulations will tighten further to cut off CO2 emissions. Another, even lower, official target of 95 g CO2/km has to be met by 2021.

Read more at Environment News Service.

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