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  • EU governments scrap deal on CO2 limit for cars

    European environment ministers today effectively scrapped an agreement to limit emissions from new cars to 95g CO2/km by 2020. The European Parliament, the Commission and EU governments had, in June, previously struck a fairly negotiated deal confirming the target. Since the agreement was reached, Germany has been abusing EU democratic processes to undermine the deal so that its luxury carmakers ...

  • Germany blocks vote on agreed CO2 limit for cars – again

    In a secret session, European Union member states today delayed for the third time a vote to rubber stamp a deal to limit emissions from new cars to 95g CO2/km by 2020. This June, the European Parliament, the Commission and EU governments struck a fairly negotiated deal confirming the 95g target. Germany wants its luxury carmakers to be allowed to keep selling even more gas-guzzling cars for ...

  • Reducing CO2 emissions from cars

    The EU Environment Council that met last week in Luxemburg discussed, in a public session, a draft regulation aimed at reducing CO2 emissions from new passenger cars. The planned legislation is part of the Union's strategy to combat climate change. At present, passenger cars account for about 12 % of carbon emissions in the European Union. All member states agree on the objective of reducing ...


    By EU Council of Ministers

  • Volkswagen and Greenpeace Underline Strict CO2 Limits for New Cars

    (Marketwire) - At the beginning of the Geneva Motor Show on March 4, 2013, the Volkswagen Group announced for the first time its far-reaching decision to reduce the fuel consumption of its new vehicle fleet to a greater extent than had previously been intended. This decision was underscored by Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Executive Board of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, ...

  • Germany pushes to delay agreed CO2 limit for cars by four years

    The German government has proposed to postpone the implementation of the 95g CO2/km standard for new cars from 2020 to 2024, according to a proposal distributed to European ministers last Friday. This latest German attempt would effectively raise the ...

  • How do we reduce CO2 emissions for cars?

    The Danish Ecological Council, the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation and Norwegian Society for the Conservation of Nature, in collaboration with organisations from Iceland and Finland, have carried out a project on the use of economic means to limit CO2 emissions from cars in the Nordic countries. Economic means - when used correctly - are one of the most important tools to influence ...


    By The Nordic Council

  • Commission opts for binding 130g CO2 car target

    The European commission will propose legislation forcing carmakers to cut average carbon dioxide emissions from all new cars sold in the EU to 130 grams per kilometre by 2012, it revealed on Wednesday. ...

  • Four countries back truck CO2 limits, as lorries rival cars in share of emissions

    Four EU countries have called for mandatory fuel economy standards for trucks, documents reveal – as new research by sustainable transport group Transport & Environment (T&E) projects heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) will almost overtake cars as the biggest source of road transport ...

  • EC proposes to reduce average CO2 emissions of new cars to 120g/km

    The European Commission proposed legislation on 19 December to reduce the average CO2 emissions of new passenger cars to 120 grams per kilometre by 2012. The proposed legislation is the cornerstone of the EU's strategy to improve the fuel economy of cars, which account for about 12% of the European Union's carbon emissions. The proposal further underlines the EU's leadership and determination to ...

  • Car CO2 emissions: Environment Committee backs agreement with Council

    An agreement with the Council of Ministers on new rules designed to achieve the CO2 emission reduction target of 95g/km for new cars by 2020 was endorsed by the Environment Committee on Tuesday. The text retains this target, albeit with a limited “phase-in” in 2020, and allows “super credits” for the least-polluting cars in each manufacturer’s range to be counted ...


    By European Parliament

  • CO2 emissions from new cars see biggest fall in 2009

    Average CO2 emissions from new cars sold in the EU dropped by 5% last year, the biggest annual fall ever recorded, a report published today by the European Commission shows. The Commission also adopted detailed rules to harmonise the monitoring of CO2 emissions from cars across the EU. Commissioner Hedegaard will report on these developments in this afternoon's meeting of the High-Level Group ...


    By Europa Press Room

  • CO2-based vehicle taxes: Encouraging the switch to fuel-efficient cars

    'Ireland introduced changes to its vehicle tax system in July 2008. Higher taxes are now placed on vehicles which emit higher levels of carbon. A recent study has investigated how these fiscal policies influence the demand for new cars and how effective these changes are in reducing CO2 emissions. The results suggest there will be an overall reduction in CO2 emissions of 3.6-3.8 per cent, but ...

  • German political muscle used to delay vote on 2020 car emissions limits

    Representatives of EU Member States today delayed the vote on a deal that would have limited average car fleet emissions to 95g of CO2 per kilometre from 2020. Earlier this week, the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Irish Presidency of the European Council had reached an agreement, which was on the agenda of today’s meeting for endorsement by Member States. The ...

  • German political muscle used to delay vote on 2020 car emissions limits

    Representatives of EU Member States today delayed the vote on a deal that would have limited average car fleet emissions to 95g of CO2 per kilometre from 2020. Earlier this week, the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Irish Presidency of the European Council had reached an agreement, which was on the agenda of today’s meeting for endorsement by Member States. The ...

  • Keeping the carbon in the car

    The Georgia Institute of Technology wants to make a hydrogen-fueled vehicle that separates and stores carbon dioxide until it can be sequestered The Georgia Institute of Technology has thrown one more idea into the mix: a zero-emission, hydrogen-powered car that would separate carbon dioxide from liquid fuel and gather it for sequestration underground or in the ocean. Further down the line, the ...

  • Council adopts regulation on the 2020 reduction of CO2 emissions from new passenger cars

    The Council today adopted1 a regulation on the 2020 reduction of CO2 emissions from new passenger cars (PE-CO#6;S 120/13, 6642/14 ADD 1 REV 1). The new regulation defines the terms and conditions for car manufacturers for reaching the 2020 target for CO2 emissions (95g CO2/km) from new passenger cars. A limited one-year phase-in period requires 95 % of new car sales to comply with the target in ...


    By EU Council of Ministers

  • Don`t weaken vans limits, says T&E after car industry `exaggeration`

    T&E says its latest figures monitoring the efforts of car makers to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from new cars show the industry exaggerated the difficulty of reducing emissions when the latest CO2 reduction target was agreed in 2008. Toyota has almost reached the target six years early, with other car makers not far behind. T&E says the figures are a warning to MEPs and ministers that ...

  • Car CO2 progress slows while gap with reality widens, warns T&E

    Carbon emissions of the average new car sold in Europe fell 2.6% in 2014 to 123.4g/km, according to official figures published today by the European Environmental Agency (EEA). Sustainable transport group Transport & Environment (T&E) warned that most of the improvement was being delivered through cheating in flawed tests ...

  • Cars and CO2 law spurs automotive innovation as electric vehicle sales double in 2013

    Sales of electric vehicles (EVs) have doubled annually in Europe since they were first marketed in 2010, the electrification section of T&E’s cars and CO2 report reveals. In 2013, provisional sales data from the European Environment Agency show that nearly 50,000 plug-in vehicles were sold, representing ...

  • Climate change: Limiting short-lived pollutants cannot buy time on CO2 mitigation

    Targeting emissions of non-CO2 gases and air pollutants with climate effects might produce smaller benefits for long-term climate change than previously estimated, according to a new integrated study of the potential of air pollution and carbon dioxide mitigation. High hopes have been placed on limiting emissions of so-called short-lived climate forcers (SLCF) such as methane and soot for ...

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