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Further CO2 emission reductions from cars and vans: a win-win for the climate, consumers, innovation and jobs Published on: 15/07/2012

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Further CO2 emission reductions from cars and vans: a win-win for the climate, consumers, innovation and jobs

The European Commission has on 11 July 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.

The mandatory targets for 2020 are already envisaged in existing legislation but require implementation. Following thorough technical and economic analysis by the Commission, the Regulations proposed establish the modalities by which the targets would be achieved.

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