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House of Commons Hansard
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Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions
26 November 2009
Volume 501
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To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the average level of carbon dioxide emissions in grammes per kilometre was for (a) new and (b) all cars in (i) the UK and (ii) each other EU member state in each year since 1997. [301295]

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A fully comprehensive dataset of fuel efficiency data for new cars is only available for the UK and the EU from 2001 in accordance with EU Decision 1753/2000/EC. The EU Commission collects and reports average CO2 emission data for new cars sold across the EU by member state. Table 1 is taken from the latest EU Commission monitoring report and shows average fuel efficiency of new cars sold in the UK and other EU member states where data are available between 2001 and 2007 measured in grams of carbon dioxide per km (gCO2/km). Missing data reflect the expansion of the EU to 25 member states in 2004 and to 27 in 2007 (2007 data for Bulgaria are missing as none were submitted to the EU Commission). Data for 2008 are not yet available.

Table 1: Average fuel efficiency of new cars sold by member state

Member state

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Austria

165.6

164.4

163.8

161.9

162.1

163.7

162.9

Belgium

163.7

161.1

158.1

156.5

155.2

153.9

152.8

Cyprus

n/a

n/a

n/a

173.4

173.0

170.1

170.3

Czech Republic

n/a

n/a

n/a

154.0

155.3

154.2

154.2

Denmark

172.9

170.0

169.0

165.9

163.7

162.5

159.8

Estonia

n/a

n/a

n/a

179.0

183.7

182.7

181.6

Finland

178.1

177.2

178.3

179.8

179.5

179.2

177.3

France

159.8

156.8

155.0

153.1

152.3

149.9

149.4

Germany

179.5

177.4

175.9

174.9

173.4

172.5

169.5

Greece

166.5

167.8

168.9

168.8

167.4

166.5

165.3

Hungary

n/a

n/a

n/a

158.4

156.3

154.6

155.0

Ireland

166.6

164.3

166.7

167.6

166.8

166.3

161.6

Italy

158.3

156.6

152.9

150.0

149.5

149.2

146.5

Latvia

n/a

n/a

n/a

192.4

187.2

183.1

183.5

Lithuania

n/a

n/a

n/a

187.5

186.3

163.4

176.5

Luxembourg

177.0

173.8

173.5

169.7

168.6

168.2

165.8

Malta

n/a

n/a

n/a

148.8

150.5

145.9

147.8

Netherlands

174.0

172.4

173.5

170.9

169.9

166.7

164.8

Poland

n/a

n/a

n/a

154.1

155.2

155.9

153.7

Portugal

n/a

154.0

149.9

147.1

144.9

145.0

144.2

Romania

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

154.8

Slovakia

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

157.4

152.0

152.7

Slovenia

n/a

n/a

n/a

152.7

157.2

155.3

156.3

Spain

156.8

156.4

157.0

155.3

155.3

155.6

153.2

Sweden

200.2

198.2

198.5

197.2

193.8

188.6

181.4

UK

177.6

174.8

172.7

171.3

169.7

167.7

164.7

Source: EU Commission

It is not possible to produce figures for average CO2 emissions for all cars in the UK or other EU member states because of the relatively few years for which average fuel efficiency data have been collected.