EC issues new carbon reduction targets

New cars and vans produced in the European Union will have to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to a third by 2020, as new targets were revealed by Brussels.

Average CO2 emissions from new cars will have a limit of 95g per kilometre in eight years' time, a drop of more than 40g from the present limit of 135.7g, with an intermediary target of 130g set for 2015.

Carbon emissions in vans will be reduced to 147g CO2/km in 2020 from 181.4g in 2010, with a halfway target of 175g set for 2017 to gauge the progress of vehicle manufacturers.

The compulsory targets for 2020 already exist in European Commission (EC) legislation, but the finer details of the regulations were established by the EC earlier this month.

Connie Hedegaard, EU Commissioner for Climate Action, said: "With our proposals, we are not only protecting the climate and saving consumers money. We are also boosting innovation and competitiveness in the European automotive industry. And we will create substantial numbers of jobs as a result.

"This is a clear win-win situation for everyone. This is one more important step towards a competitive, low-carbon economy. More CO2 reductions beyond 2020 need to be prepared and these will be considered in consultation with stakeholders."

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