New EU target for carbon emissions
It seems the European Commission is ramping up its drive to put cleaner cars on our roads.
The EU have recently revealed a range of new targets designed to dramatically cut CO2 on road vehicles over the next eight years.
With governments offering tax incentives for drivers of cleaner cars and car insurance companies also looking favourably on vehicles with low emissions, this can only mean good news for cash-strapped motorists.
The European Commission is hoping that average emissions for new cars can be brought down from the 2011 figure of 135.6 g/km to 95g/km by 2020.
It is hoped that all new cars will have achieved the target of 130g/km within the next three years.
The EU are also targeting significant reductions in the CO2 emissions from commercial vehicles, with the aim to cut them from 181.4g/km to 147g/km.
This also includes a mandatory target of 175 for all vans by 2017.
The European Union’s Commissioner for Climate Actions Connie Hedegaard believes these new targets can help kick-start the flailing European motor industry, as well putting more money in motorists’ pockets. She also feels that it can create jobs and have a positive impact on the environment.
“This is a clear win-win situation for everyone. This is one more important step towards a competitive, low-carbon economy,”