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EEA Assesses Emissions Performance of Car Manufacturers

EEA11 December 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a report, titled “CO2 emissions performance of car manufacturers in 2011,” showing that between 2010 and 2011, all major car makers in the EU had reduced carbon dioxide emissions of vehicles they manufactured, with all but two companies meeting or reaching beyond the standard required for 2012.

According to the EEA, the average emissions of all cars registered in 2011 was 135.7 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer (g CO2/km). The EU target is for the average new passenger car to emit less than 130 g CO2/km by 2015.

The report indicates that new cars in 2011 were around 3.3% more efficient than those registered the previous year. Factors contributing to this achievement are: a growing proportion of diesel vehicles in use; and a decrease in average engine and vehicle size for some manufacturers.

The report notes that the numbers of vehicles using alternative fuels, including electric-powered vehicles, remained small. It underlines that while these vehicles did not significantly influence the results, their numbers have risen since 2010.

EEA Executive Director Jacqueline McGlade welcomed the efficiency improvements in the automobile industry, and highlighted that meeting emission reduction targets will also require significant reduction in transport demand and a shift to greener modes of transport. [EEA Press Release] [Publication: CO2 Emissions Performance of Car Manufacturers in 2011]