Extracts fom the joint press conference by Connie Hedegaard and Monique Goyens on the proposals to reduce CO2 emissions from cars and vans further by 2020

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-073987   Duration: 10:03:16  Lieu:
End production: 11/07/2012   First transmission: 11/07/2012
On 11 July 2012, Connie Hedegaard, Member of the EC in charge of Climate Action, and Monique Goyens, Director General of the European Consumers’ Organisation (BEUC), held a joint press conference on the proposals to reduce CO2 emissions from cars and vans further by 2020. The European Commission put forward proposals to implement targets that will further considerably reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from new cars and light commercial vehicles (vans) by 2020. The proposals will cut average emissions from new cars to 95 grams of CO2 per km (g CO2/km) in 2020 from 135.7g in 2011 and a mandatory target of 130g in 2015. Emissions from vans will be reduced to 147g CO2/km in 2020 from 181.4g in 2010 (the latest year for which figures are available) and a mandatory target of 175g in 2017.

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10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 Joint arrival of Connie Hedegaard, Member of the EC in charge of Climate Action, and Monique Goyens, Director General of the European Consumers’ Organisation (BEUC), at the press conference 00:00:10
10:00:15 General view of the press conference 00:00:03
10:00:18 Soundbite by Connie Hedegaard (in English): Someone argued that 95 grams is too ambitions, I disagree, the Commission disagrees, we believe that yes it is ambitious, from 130 grams in 2015 in only five years and to go down to 95 grams, yes it is ambitious but it is also achievable. 00:00:26
10:00:45 Cutaway of a photographer 00:00:04
10:00:49 Soundbite by Connie Hedegaard (in ENGLISH): What the European Commission is proposing today is a 60% slope of the curve with 0.0333 factors based on 2006 base year, the same reference year on which the 2009 regulation was based. 00:00:17
10:01:06 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:03
10:01:10 Soundbite by Connie Hedegaard (in ENGLISH): In 2015 a low emitting car would be counted as 1.5 vehicle, today is three and a half vehicle it is has been faced down to 1.5 by 2015. What we are proposing here is 1.3 vehicle it will count from 2020, again another clear tightening. In all while super credits will increase the incentives for manufactures to make low emitting cars, we have very much limited some of their negative impacts. 00:00:31
10:01:41 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:03
10:01:44 Soundbite by Monique Goyens (in ENGLISH): This proposal is really good news for consumers because it will allow consumers to save on fuel costs. We have made calculations and those shows that for a new petrol car the average of annual savings is of 344 Euros and for a diesel car this annual saving will be up to 465 Euros. 00:00:24
10:02:08 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:03
10:02:12 Soundbite by Monique Goyens (in ENGLISH): We welcome very much this proposal, we think is really a very good initiative. We would like to be a little bit stricter, you know as consumer organisation we always like push for the extreme. Two elements I would like to share with you. First of all, is the share of the burden between lighter cars and the heavier cars, and we believe that this share should be much more shifted towards the heavier cars because those cars are more polluting in the absolute, there are more expensive and for the fuel efficiency technology relatively will be not so much leading to a price increase and those consumers can afford to pay more. 00:00:36
10:02:48 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:03
10:02:51 Soundbite by Monique Goyens (in ENGLISH): We very much welcome the 95 target by the 2020 and it should be strict target. We believe though that iIt is also very important to set medium and long term targets, 2025, 2030… in order for consumers to anticipate long term savings but also for manufacturers to be able to be encouraged to invest into innovative solutions in the longer term. 00:00:24
10:03:16 Departure of the Speakers 00:00:06
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