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Cars: Exhaust Emissions

Volume 470: debated on Friday 25 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of new cars sold in 2006 emitted less than 100g of carbon dioxide per kilometre; and what projection she has made of the percentage emissions that will be allowed in each year up to 2040. (178137)

In 2006, cars with less than 100 g/km CO2 tailpipe emissions accounted for no UK sales and 0.002 per cent. of the total EU market.

Neither we nor the European Commission have any plans to set a limit per car. The Commission intends that new cars emit an average of 130 g/km from 2012, but has not yet proposed any figures for the longer term. We do not yet have a view for 2040; but we believe that 100 g/km as an average should be achievable by 2020 (or 2025 at the latest). We are urging the Commission, Parliament and Council to seek consensus on this as soon as possible.

The dossier containing the Commission’s proposal will be debated in Europe during 2008.