The European Union(EU) will soon release a draft legislation, setting two new carbon emissions targets that all new cars will need to meet by 2025 and 2030, as well as a standard of 95 grams of CO2 emissions per km (g/km) for 2020.
The intent is to decarbonise the continent’s economy to between 80-95% of 1990 levels, by 2050.
Passenger cars are currently responsible for about 12% of Europe’s carbon dioxide pollution and EU minds have been focused by figures showing that between 1990 and 2008, road emissions actually increased by 26%.
ADAC, the largest automobile association in Europe said that urgent action was needed to end Europe’s “prolonged dependency on oil”
As well as the 2020 target of 95 g/km for cars and 147 g/km for vans, the draft will propose that niche car makers benefit from a 2020 target which is 45% lower than their average specific emissions in 2007.
An “excess emissions premium” on cars that do not meet the 2020 targets would also be maintained at €95/g per vehicle.
“We think this is good news for consumers as it will help them to save money on fuel,” said Otmar Lell, a policy advisor for the Federation of German Consumer Organisations (VZBV).
A recent study by the former chief of the UK’s Environment Agency, Malcom Fergusson, found that the 95 g/km goal could save drivers up to €848 annually by 2030. A target of 70 g/km for 2025 would increase yearly savings to €1,134.
On the other hand, the news will not be welcomed by some sections of the car industry, which fret about the effects of passing on efficiency investments in the face of tough overseas competition at a time of austerity.