CO2 emissions from new passenger cars sold in the EU-15 countries decreased by 11.8% between 1995 and 2003, and 1.2% compared to 2002, according to a new report released by the European Commission. Autos from European and Japanese manufacturers posted better results than their Korean counterparts.
I am encouraged by the good results achieved particularly by the European and Japanese Associations since 1995. Industry is pointing out that the targets remain ambitious but the results so far show that they are taking the commitments very seriously. On the Korean side, we have received assurances that they will increase their efforts and catch up soon with the other two associations.—Günter Verheugen, Commission VP and Commissioner for Enterprise and Industry
Road transport generates more than one fifth of all CO2 emissions in the EU, with passenger cars being responsible for more than half of these emissions. CO2 emissions from road transport have risen by 22% since 1990, notably due to an increase in road transport, including private driving.
In response to growing concerns over greenhouse gas emissions and climate change, the EU set an ultimate goal of 120 g CO2/km by 2010 at the latest for new cars. The European, Japanese and Korean car manufacturers’ associations committed to an interim goal of reducing CO2 emissions to 140 g/km by 2008/2009.
While the data show progress is being made, additional effort will be necessary to meet the voluntary target of 140 g/km in another three to our years.
|Reductions in CO2 Emissions from New Cars in EU-15|
|Association||2003 emissions||2003 vs. 1995||2003 vs. 2002||Interim target|
|ACEA ||163 g/km||-11.9%||-1.2%||165–170 g/km in 2003|
|JAMA ||172 g/km||-12.2%||-1.1%||165–175 g/km in 2003|
|KAMA ||179 g/km||-9.1%||-2.2%||165–170 g/km in 2004|
| ACEA = European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association |
 JAMA = Japan Automobile Manufacturers’ Association
 KAMA = Korea Automobile Manufacturers’ Association
The EU 15 consists of Austria; Belgium; Denmark; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Ireland; Italy; Luxembourg; Netherlands; Portugal; Spain; Sweden; and the UK.