Wednesday

6th Jul 2022

Carmakers fall behind on CO2 commitments

  • Transport is the worst performing sector, with CO2 emissions from transport growing by 32 percent between 1990 and 2004 (Photo: EUobserver)

Car manufacturers have fallen behind on voluntary undertakings made in 1998 to reduce the amount of CO2 emissions from automobiles.

The European Commission is today set to warn car makers that they must "substantially increase their efforts" or face being forced to do so through legislation, according to the European Federation for Transport and Environment.

Read and decide

Join EUobserver today

Become an expert on Europe

Get instant access to all articles — and 20 years of archives. 14-day free trial.

... or subscribe as a group

In 1998, the European car association committed its members to reduce the average CO2 emissions from their new car sales in the EU to 140 grams per kilometre by 2008.

Korean and Japanese car associations made similar commitments one year later for their EU sales and all three were given a decade to fulfil their promises.

However, statistics presented by the transport federation show that all three associations are not on track to make their commitments.

In 2004, the rate for European car makers was 162 grams per kilometre and 160 for 2005.

Over the next three years, they would have to reduce the CO2 emissions by four percent a year - an unprecedented level - to meet the targets.

Transport Environment notes that European manufacturers are "set to miss the 140 g/km target by approximately 13 grams if present trends continue. [Japanese and Korean car manufacturing associations] will miss their 2009 targets by 20 grams or more.

"Individual car manufacturers have refused to disclose their performance towards the commitment."

The commitments are part of the overall EU commitments under the Kyoto Protocol, the international climate change treaty.

The EU has said it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 8 per cent by 2008-2012 compared to 1990 levels.

Transport is the worst performing sector with CO2 emissions from transport growing by 32 percent between 1990 and 2004.

Meanwhile the overall share of transport in CO2 emissions grew by seven percent to 28 percent in the same period - emissions from passenger cars and vans account for approximately half of this, according to the Annual European Community greenhouse gas emissions inventory.

Commission wobbles on fight against climate change

The European Commission has proposed stricter standards on transport fuels in its fight against climate change. But critics call the move a diversion from the real problem caused by car emissions, on which the EU executive may soften its plans.

Merkel backs car lobby against EU emissions law

German chancellor Angela Merkel has joined the critics of a European Commission plan to limit car's average CO2 emissions, saying that different models should have different limits.

News in Brief

  1. Turkey signs Nato protocol despite Sweden extradition row
  2. European gas production hit by Norway strike
  3. EU Commission told to step up fight against CAP fraud
  4. Ukraine needs €719bn to rebuild, says PM
  5. Germany records first monthly trade deficit since 1991
  6. Pilots from Denmark, Norway, and Sweden strike
  7. Report: EU to sign hydrogen deal with Namibia
  8. Israel and Poland to mend relations

Stakeholders' Highlights

  1. Nordic Council of MinistersNordic and Canadian ministers join forces to combat harmful content online
  2. Nordic Council of MinistersNordic ministers write to EU about new food labelling
  3. Nordic Council of MinistersEmerging journalists from the Nordics and Canada report the facts of the climate crisis
  4. Council of the EUEU: new rules on corporate sustainability reporting
  5. Nordic Council of MinistersNordic ministers for culture: Protect Ukraine’s cultural heritage!
  6. Reuters InstituteDigital News Report 2022

Latest News

  1. 'World is watching', as MEPs vote on green finance rules
  2. Turkey sends mixed signals on Sweden's entry into Nato
  3. EU Parliament sued over secrecy on Nazi MEP expenses
  4. Italy glacier tragedy has 'everything to do' with climate change
  5. The Digital Services Act — a case-study in keeping public in dark
  6. Report slams German opposition to new child sexual abuse rules
  7. Is China a challenge to Nato? Beijing responds
  8. ECB announces major green shift in corporate bond-buying

Join EUobserver

Support quality EU news

Join us