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Reported CO2 emissions from new cars continue to fall

Close-up of a car exhaust pumping out of fumes © Stockbyte

New cars sold in the EU in 2015 emitted on average 3% less carbon dioxide (CO2) than those sold in 2014 and 10 grams of CO2/km below the 2015 target, according to provisional data from the European Environment Agency.

The average emissions level of a new car sold in 2015 was 119.6 grams of CO2 per kilometre, significantly below the 2015 target of 130 g, according to provisional data (LINK) published by the European Environment Agency (EEA).

Since monitoring started under current legislation in 2010, emissions have decreased by 20 g CO2/km (15 %). Manufacturers will nevertheless have to further reduce emissions to meet the target of 95 g CO2/km by 2021.