Greenpeace comment on leaked plans to set carbon emission standards for cars

Press release - June 7, 2012
Brussels – Media reports have leaked a European Commission proposal to set carbon emission standards for cars [1]. The draft legislation says new cars should emit no more than 95g of carbon (CO2) per kilometre in 2020 and that stricter targets for carmakers in 2025 and 2030 will be defined in late 2014.

Reacting to the news, Greenpeace EU transport policy director Franziska
Achterberg said: "Car efficiency targets for 2025 should be set as soon
as possible to give carmakers enough time to make substantial changes to
their fleets. While the Commission dithers, China, the US and Japan are
making their cars more efficient and Europe's technological lead is
slipping. To win the global race for cleaner cars, the EU needs strong
targets for 2020 but also for 2025. This will bring efficient cars out of
the motor shows and onto Europe's roads and help unlock the technologies we
need to get off oil altogether."

Greenpeace is calling for targets in 2025 of 60g CO2/km for cars and less
than 100g CO2/km for vans. Research carried out for Greenpeace has shown
that such targets will on average save drivers about 60% on their fuel
bills by 2030 [2].

Note for editors:
[1] http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/06/06/uk-eu-cars-law-idUKBRE85511020120606?feedType=RSS&feedName=GCA-GoogleNewsUK
[2] http://www.greenpeace.org/eu-unit/en/Publications/2012/cost-of-driving/

Contacts:
Franziska Achterberg – Greenpeace EU transport policy adviser: +32 (0)498
362403 (mobile),
Greenpeace EU press desk: +32 (0)2 274 1911,

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