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Commission approves second eco-innovation for cars

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The European Commission today approved an eco-innovation by French manufacturer Valeo Equipements Electriques Moteur to help reduce CO2 emissions from passenger cars.

Valeo has demonstrated that the use of Valeo Efficient Generation Alternator, with an efficiency of at least 77%, is innovative within the meaning of the relevant legislation and reduces CO2 emissions by at least 1g CO2/km.

The vehicle-specific CO2 savings from the eco-innovation will be certified for each version of the car that is equipped with this technology as part of the vehicle type approval procedure. The reduction in CO2 emissions will be counted towards the achievement of the manufacturer's annual CO2 emissions target, up to a maximum level of 7gCO2/km per year.

This is the second eco-innovation approved. In March 2013, Audi AG won approval for an eco-innovation involving the use of light emitting diodes (LEDs).


EU legislation (Regulation (EC) No 443/2009) requires that by 2015 CO2 emissions from all new cars registered in the EU should not exceed an average of 130 gCO2/km. The eco-innovation scheme is one of the means available to help manufacturers meet the target.

The detailed conditions and the procedure for the approval of eco-innovations are set out in Commission Regulation (EU) No 725/2011. The Commission has also developed detailed Technical Guidelines on how companies should prepare applications to have their eco-innovations recognised.