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Vehicles: Carbon Emissions

Volume 689: debated on Wednesday 31 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the forthcoming European Union Commission average target of 120 grams of carbon emission per kilometre by 2012 will affect the market in four-by-four people carriers; and, if so, to what extent. [HL1535]

The EU currently has voluntary agreements with European, Japanese and Korean car manufacturer associations, to decrease average carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by around 25 per cent to 140g/km, over the period 1995 to 2008-9. These agreements set industry targets without regard to the type of car produced but, in so far as they are stretching targets, they encourage the sale of small cars at the expense of larger ones.

The European Commission is undertaking a review of what might replace these agreements when they expire. The figure of 120g/km average of CO2 per car by 2012 is given in the voluntary agreements as a potential future target. However, we do not yet know whether the forthcoming communication will reconfirm this figure or how it will propose reaching it. We cannot at this stage assess any impacts on the market for vehicles.