New cars in Europe could soon produce considerably less harmful emissions than today’s cars if a new proposal is implemented. The European Commission has just released a new proposal that would further reduce the carbon dioxide emissions from new cars and vans by 2020. If the plan is approved, new cars and vans in Europe would have to produce one-third less harmful carbon dioxide emissions than today’s cars.
The proposal would cut average emissions from new cars to 95 grams of CO2 per km in 2020, which is a significant improvement from last year’s average of 135.7g per km. The European Union also estimates that the proposal would also help drivers lower their fuel costs. A new car in 2020 would save about €340 in the first year on fuel costs, and between about €2,900 and €3,800 over the car’s average 13-year lifetime.
“With our proposals we are not only protecting the climate and saving consumers money. We are also boosting innovation and competitiveness in the automotive sector,” said commissioner Connie Hedegaard. “And we will create substantial numbers of jobs as a result. This is a clear win-win situation for everyone. This is one more important step towards a competitive, low-carbon economy.”
The next step is for the proposals to be accepted by the European Union and the European parliament. Unsurprisingly, automakers have been lobbying against the new proposals, arguing that the new guidelines would raise vehicle development costs. Hedegaard said that automakers had many of the same arguments when the 2015 guidelines were implemented, but we’re still a few years away from 2015 and they’ve already almost met the target. “Look back at all the terrible things that [they said] would happen, then go and see what the manufacturers are doing – this is where the innovation curve took off.”
While the new targets are likely to be approved, the Commission is not stopping there. The Commission is already hard at work on its post-2020 targets. “Anyone buying a car notices it is more fuel efficient than a few years back – this did not happen automatically, but [as a result of] targets.”
via The Guardian