EU CO2 Legislation

The European Parliament has adopted a report calling for EU legislation to reduce CO2 emissions from new cars and vans to 115g CO2 per km by 2015. Sir Robert Atkins MEP, Conservative Deputy Leader in the European Parliament, welcomes the fact that the European Parliament has opted for an even stricter emission cap than the European Commission and a longer timescale for the industry to implement changes.

Sir Robert said:

"Legislation is unlikely to be finalised before 2009 at the earliest and it is therefore unrealistic, given long industry lead times, to expect radical reductions to be implemented by 2012, as the Commission originally proposed. 2015 is a more realistic date.

At the same time we opted for a lower emission cap than the Commission proposed. Emissions can be no higher than 115g CO2/km (instead of 120 g CO2/ km). This is by far the most ambitious emission cap in the world.

It is also important to stress that we need to make cleaner cars affordable. If consumers do not buy new vehicles that simply results in older, more polluting vehicles remaining on Europe 's roads for longer, which is in nobody's interest."

The EPP-ED Group supports the 'integrated' approach - improvements in motor technology must reduce emissions to 125g CO2/km or less while complementary measures should lead to a further emission cut of 10g CO2/km. Such measures include more efficient tyres and air conditioning systems, a gradual reduction in the carbon content of fuels and a greater use of biofuels.

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