EU’s 2015 carbon emissions target could be reached by automakers image

Official figures showed today that EU car emissions went down 3 % in 2012 compared to 2011, signaling automakers are on their way to meet a carbon emissions target set for 2015.

With the 28-nation European Union now within reach of its 2015 emissions level, the European Commission has proposed a CO2 target of 95 g/km for 2020. But Germany, aiming to defend its premium automakers, insisted that the EU postpones the agreement they reached in June on implementing the new goal.

The slide has the average new-car carbon emissions now at 132.2 g/km in 2012, very close to a 130g/km target initially set for 2015, according to data from the European Environment Agency (EEA) .

“The average car sold in the EU is now over 20 percent more efficient than a decade ago, which is clearly good news,” EEA Executive Director Hans Bruyninckx said in a statement. “The EEA looks towards a future transition of the mobility system beyond making efficiency gains in internal combustion engine technology,” Bruyninckx added.

Of the global manufacturers, Fiat had the lowest average emissions at around 117 g/km, while Renault and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, at about 120 g/km, were also firmly below average, the EEA said. At the other end of the scale, cars from Mercedes-Benz averaged 143 g/km and the ones from Volvo were at 142 g/km.

Via Automotive News Europe