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CO2 emissions from new cars and vans continue to decrease

Traffic on highway in Paris, France © Goodshoot

New cars and vans registered in the European Union in 2014 were on average 2.5% more efficient compared to 2013 according to data published by the European Environment Agency.

The current data show that the average emissions level of a new car sold in 2014 was 123.4 grams of carbon dioxide (CO2) per kilometre, significantly below the 2015 target of 130 g. A new van sold in 2014 emitted on average 169.1 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre, which is already below the 2017 target of 175 g.

Since monitoring started under current legislation in 2010, emissions have decreased by 17 g CO2/km (12 %). Manufacturers will nevertheless have to reduce emissions further to meet the target of 95 g CO2/km by 2021 for cars and 147 g CO2/km by 2020 for vans.

Following a statement by the Volkswagen Group on 3 November 2015 that CO2 emission values for some of their models are incorrectly stated, the Commission has not confirmed the average specific emissions of CO2 and the specific emissions targets for the Volkswagen Group brands. The figures for the Volkswagen Group will be confirmed once corrected data are available. This may affect EU fleet average emissions of 123.4 g CO2/km.