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Cars: Fuels

Volume 502: debated on Monday 7 December 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what steps his Department is taking to increase the fuel efficiency of new cars. (304054)

The Government were a strong supporter of the New Car CO2 regulation adopted in April 2009. The regulation aims to reduce CO2 emissions by setting manufacturers average CO2 targets based on the new cars they produce that are registered in the EU. In particular, the Government played a successful leading role, in calling for an ambitious long-term target in the regulation. This target of 95g/km means that, on average, new cars will emit 40 per cent. less CO2 in 2020 compared to 2007. In the UK alone, this is expected to save 7.6MtC02 per year by 2020.

In addition, the Government have allocated over £400 million to deliver policies, through the new cross Whitehall Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), aiming to place the UK at the global forefront of ultra-low carbon vehicle development, demonstration, manufacture and us. Details of OLEV's work can be found here: