Commission claims mid-term success in reducing car pollution

In its annual progress report, the Commission says CO2 emissions from new cars in the EU went down by 10.8 per cent between 1995 and 2002 and encourages reluctant manufacturers to meet the 2010 targets.

A new progress report from the Commission shows that ew
passenger cars manufactured between 1995 and 2002 in the EU have
emitted 10.8 per cent less C0
2 than in previous periods. However, the report also
signals that there is still some way to go before meeting the
target set for 2010 where new cars are to reach a 35 per cent
reduction overall.

According to the report, European and Japanese manufacturers are
on track in meeting their targets although part of the C0
2 reductions are due to the increase in the share of
diesel cars sold in the EU. Korean manufacturers are below their
agreed targets.

The Commission has been quick to make a success of the strategy,
set up in 1995 with car manufacturers, to cut C0
2 emissions from new cars on a voluntary basis. Under
the agreement, the industry (represented by ACEA for Europe and
JAMA and KAMA for Japan and Korea respectively) has committed
itself to cut CO
2 emissions to 140 grams per kilometre (g/km) by 2008
(2009 for the Asians). The EU’s overarching aim is to reach -
by 2010 at the latest - an average CO
2 emission figure of 120 g/km for all new passenger cars
marketed in the Union.

Were the industry to fail in meeting those 'voluntary' targets,
the EU might be tempted to go down a tougher road and adopt legally
binding measures.

The industry, however, have voiced doubts about how realistic
such targets were (see EURACTIV,

18 November



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