Climate Action

CO2 emissions from new cars see biggest fall in 2009


Average CO2 emissions from new cars sold in the EU dropped by 5% last year, the biggest annual fall ever recorded, a report published today by the European Commission shows. The Commission also adopted detailed rules to harmonise the monitoring of CO2 emissions from cars across the EU. Commissioner Hedegaard reported on these developments in this afternoon's meeting of the High-Level Group "CARS 21".

Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard said: "Reducing CO2 emissions from road transport remains a major challenge for the years to come. The latest data shows however that the car industry is on track to achieve the 2015 target and most likely several major manufacturers will be able to do so well in advance. When the targets were set, industry feared that they would be impossible to reach in time. I am glad that in reality EU legislation on reducing CO2 emissions is proving an effective driver of innovation, keeping the EU industry at the front-edge of competitiveness."