EU Mulls Mandatory Emission Limits on Cars

Only Fiat, Citroen, Renault, Ford and Peugeot are on track to meet the target. Volkswagen - Europe's biggest selling car brand - was singled out for its poor performance in an October 2006 study by the European Federation for Transport and Environment.

Published: 23-Jan-2007

A decision on whether to impose mandatory limits on the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by new car models will be made by the European Commission on Wednesday. The move follows the failure of voluntary targets.

The European Union's Environment Commissioner, Stavros Dimas, would like to see a new EU law requiring European, Japanese and Korean car makers to keep emissions from new passenger cars to an average of 120 grams per kilometre from 2012. Different sized cars will have different targets.

Cars [in the EU] currently emit an average of 160 grams of greenhouse gases for each kilometre they travel. In 1999, the EC recommended that European, Japanese and Korean car makers voluntarily limit their emissions to 140 grams per kilometre travelled by 2009.

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