Road transport contributes about one-fifth of the EU's total emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), the main greenhouse gas. While these emissions fell by 3.3% in 2012, they are still 20.5% higher than in 1990. Transport is the only major sector in the EU where greenhouse gas emissions are still rising.
Light-duty vehicles – cars and vans – produce around 15% of the EU's emissions of CO2.
EU legislation sets binding emission targets for new car and van fleets. As the automotive industry works towards meeting these targets, average emissions are falling each year.
In November 2017, the Commission presented a legislative proposal setting new CO2 emission standards for cars and vans for the period after 2020.
To help drivers choose new cars with low fuel consumption, EU legislation requires Member States to ensure that relevant information is provided to consumers, including a label showing a car's fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions.
Heavy-duty vehicles – trucks and buses – are responsible for about a quarter of CO2 emissions from road transport in the EU and for some 6% of total EU emissions.
Despite some improvements in fuel consumption efficiency in recent years, these emissions are still rising, mainly due to increasing road freight traffic.
The Commission is working on a comprehensive strategy to reduce CO2 emissions from heavy-duty vehicles in both freight and passenger transport.
Fuel quality is an important element in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transport. EU legislation requires the greenhouse gas intensity of vehicle fuels to be cut by up to 10% by 2020.
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Data gathering and analysis to improve understanding of the second hand car and LCV markets and implications for cost effectiveness and social equity of LDV CO2 regulations
Evaluation of Light Duty Vehicle CO2 emission Regulations
|2013||Consideration of alternative approaches to regulating CO2 emissions from light duty road vehicles for the period after 2020|
Analysis of the influence of metrics for future CO2 legislation for Light Duty Vehicles on deployment of technologies and GHG abatement costs
|2011||Impacts of electric vehicles - Summary Report|
An overview of Electric Vehicles on the market and in development
Assessment of electric vehicle and battery technogy
Assessment of the future elecricity sector
Economic analysis and business models
Impact analysis for market uptake scenarios and policy implications
|2011||Uncertainty/Sensitivity analysis of the transport model TREMOVE|
|2011||JRC Report: Analyzing on-road emissions of light-duty vehicles with Portable Emission Measurement Systems (PEMS) - Corrigendum|
|2010||Graphical User Interface for the European Transport Model TREMOVE|
|2010||Update and further development of transport model TREMOVE|
|2007||JRC Report: Mobile Measurement of Pollutant Emissions and Fuel Consumption of Road Vehicles In Real-World Driving Situations Using Portable Emission Measurement Systems (PEMS)|
|2005||Service contract to carry out economic analysis and business impact assessment of CO2 emission reduction measures in the automotive sector: Final Report and Annexes)|