Cars and vans - CO2 emission targets

23 January 2018

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All car and van manufacturers met their carbon dioxide (CO2) specific emission targets in 2016, based on current European vehicle test rules, but they will need to continue their efforts to meet future agreed-to cuts. These are the findings of the latest report tracking progress on CO2 emission targets for new passenger cars and vans published on 18 January by the European Environment Agency (EEA).

The EEA report, ‘Monitoring CO2 emissions from passenger cars and vans in 2016’, gives an updated summary of CO2 emission levels of new passenger cars and vans in the European Union (EU) in 2016 based on measurements performed in the laboratory using a standard European vehicle test cycle.

The findings largely confirm preliminary data the EEA published for cars and vans last year. They show that new passenger cars sold in the EU in 2016 had CO2 average emissions of 118.1 grams (g) CO2/kilometre (km), which is 28% lower than in 2004 when monitoring started, and lower by 1.2% only, when compared with 2015. The average emissions from vans sold in 2016 were 163.7g CO2/km, below the 2017 target of 175g CO2/km and a reduction of 9.2% since monitoring first started.

In order to meet their respective future targets, (95g CO2/km for cars by 2021 and 147g CO2/km for vans by 2020), average CO2 emissions for new cars and vans will need to continue decreasing at a similar pace.

Data on manufacturer’s individual performances show that all car and van manufacturers met their CO2 specific emission targets in 2016. While certain manufacturers would have exceeded their specific emission target, if considered individually, they met their obligations as members of pools.

Source: EEA News Release, 18 January 2018