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Future Regulation: CO2 emissions and mobile air conditioning equipment


Public Consultation on Future Regulation addressing:

  1. Reduction of CO2 Emissions of Light-Duty Vehicles by More Efficient Mobile Air Conditioning Equipment and Gear Shift Indicators;
  1. Safety Regulation of Mobile Air Conditioning Equipment

Consultation results


According to the Communication of the Commission on the review of the Community Strategy to reduce CO2 emissions from passenger cars and light-commercial vehicles pdf български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) [65 KB] adopted in February 2007:

"[t]he Commission will propose a legislative framework, if possible in 2007 and at the latest by mid 2008, to achieve the EU objective of 120 g CO2/km, focusing on mandatory reductions of the emissions of CO2 to reach the objective of 130 g CO2/km for the average new car fleet by means of improvements in vehicle motor technology, and a further reduction of 10 g CO2/km, or equivalent if technically necessary, by other technological improvements and by an increased use of bio-fuels, specifically:

a) setting minimum efficiency requirements for air-conditioning systems …

d) the use of gear shift indicators, taking into account the extent to which such devices are used by consumers in real driving conditions;"

Consequently the Commission has to prepare a proposal for respective legislation in due course. The consultation document pdf - 44 KB [44 KB] outlines a number of issues, the comments on which should help the Commission prepare such draft in the near future. The envisaged legislation may be proposed as an amendment to existing EU legislation on mobile air conditioning or as separate new legislation.

In the context of this legal initiative, or at a later stage, the Commission may also propose some modifications to the safety regulation on mobile air conditioning, details of which are given in the consultation document.

The stakeholders' consultation closed on 13.05.2008

For further questions please contact or the secretariat of the unit ENTR.F1 at the European Commission, Tel. +32 2 29 55962.

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