T&E wants tighter emissions standards by 2025
By Anne Eckstein | Wednesday 05 December 2012
European car manufacturers are in a better position than most of their Asian counterparts – with the noteworthy exception of Japan’s Toyota – to meet the target of 95g/km average CO
2 emissions by 2020, says Transport & Environment (T&E) in a report published on 5 December
(1). In the race to build “clean” cars, all European manufacturers, except for Germany’s Daimler, rank in the top nine, while five of the bottom six carmakers are Asian. European carmakers “are on track” but they can and must go further, notes T&E, which finds that it is already time to act to lower the emissions standard to 60 g/km by 2025.
“At stake is not only the future of our planet, but also more disposable money in consumers’ pockets as they save on their fuel bills from low-carbon vehicles,” commented T&E Director Jos Ding.
Since 2006, T&E has reported yearly on progress by European carmakers to reduce fuel consumption and CO
2 emissions from new cars in line with the standards the EU has set for 2015. For the first time, the ‘How clean are Europe’s cars’ report for 2012 also reviews efforts by manufacturers to meet the 95g/km target for 2020 and concludes that it will be much easier than the car industry has been claiming.
According to the NGO, the sector reduced CO
2 emissions and fuel consumption from cars by 3.3% in 2011. This means that, four years ahead of the compliance date, the 130 g/km target for 2015 is on average just 4% away. Fiat, Toyota and Peugeot-Citroën have already met their CO
2 targets for 2015, while Mazda has a 12% gap to close. Overall annual progress in reducing CO
2 emissions from cars over the past four years has been 4%. Consequently, carmakers need to make an additional effort of around 3.8% per year to meet the 2020 target.
T&E expresses concern about certain signs that manufacturers may be reducing their official CO
2 emissions and fuel consumption figures not only by improving their cars, but also by optimising the way they test them. This results in a gap between “official” and real consumption. “This should stop. Cuts on paper should correspond with cuts on the road, if not, our CO
2 targets must be tightened to account for the efficiency lost,” warns Greg Archer, T&E clean vehicles manager.
In the race to build “clean” cars, all European manufacturers, except for Germany’s Daimler, rank in the top nine(1) The report is available at www.transportenvironment.org/publications/how-clean-are-europes-cars-2012