Brussels, Belgium – The European Parliament’s Environment Committee has backed a target for emissions of 120g of carbon dioxide per kilometre starting in 2012 in a vote, rejecting a European Commission proposal that the targets should only be applied to cars with a mass of less than 2,610 kg. The Committee voted to include heavier cars as well.

The Committee also opted for a new, long-term target of 95g CO2/km for 2020, and rejected proposals for transitional measures for the car industry until 2015. From 2012, car manufacturers exceeding the targets will have to pay fines, called “excess emissions premiums”, for every excess gram of CO2.

The vote concerned a draft regulation which sets emission performance standards for new passenger cars registered in the European Union (EU). These account for 12 per cent of overall EU emissions of CO2, the main greenhouse gas, according to the Commission’s figures. The new regulation is part of the EU’s effort to reduce CO2 emissions by 20 per cent by 2020.

The target of 120g CO2/km compares to the current levels of 160g/km. A target of 130g/km is to be reached by improvements in vehicle motor technology, while the further 10g/km to meet the target should be obtained by other technical improvements, such as better tires or the use of biofuels.



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