EU sets new van carbon emission targets despite lobbying

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New EU standards regime will impose penalties on non-compliant manufacturers.

The European Parliament voted through carbon emissions targets for vans yesterday as part of a new standards regime that will impose penalties on non-compliant manufacturers. The new carbon emission targets involve that 70% of van manufacturers' fleet must meet a limit of 175g CO2/km by 2014 and ensure all models are below that level by 2017.

With the new standard regime, manufacturers will face fines of €95 (£80) per-vehicle for each gramme of carbon emissions a van exceeds the target. The legislation also sets a limit of 147g CO2/km to be achieved by 2020, a carbon emissions target that was significantly weakened from a proposed 135g CO2/km after furious industry lobbying.

British Conservative MEP Martin Callanan, who steered the legislation through Parliament, was contented that the final carbon emission targets represented a fair compromise with a new standard regime. But, environmental groups slammed the weakened standards regime, condemning the pressure applied by vehicle-making nations France, Germany and Italy.

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