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European carmakers urge change of tack on CO2 rulesBack

CO2European carmakers warned on Friday that further tightening of carbon emission rules for new vehicles risked damaging their global competitiveness, as EU officials begin work on a new wave of CO2 targets.

Industry leaders meeting in Paris urged the European Union to balance tighter rules for new vehicles with other measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from those already on the road.

“This includes the carbon content of fuels, driver behavior, infrastructure and the potential of intelligenttransport systems,” Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn, who was speaking to reporters in his role as current chairman of European automakers association ACEA.

The Commission has set an average CO2 limit of 95 gram per kilometer for new cars in 2021, compared with a European average of 123.4g/km last year. Compliance will add as much as 2,000 euros to production costs per vehicle, ACEA said.

EU officials are due to begin consultations next week on the target and timetable for a subsequent round of emissions cuts.


Posted by Sue Robinson on 19/06/2015