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UK smashes EU new car CO2 emissions landmark

By Kyle Lindsay
Monday, March 17, 2014 - 14:58

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PASSED: Average new car emits 128.3g/km

Cars registered in the UK last year collectively smashed the pan-European CO2 emissions target for 2015, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders’ (SMMT) figures have revealed.

Statistics show that, in 2013, the average new car emitted 128.3g/km of CO2 – 3.6% less than 2012.

The figure was below the official target of 130g/km for next year – meaning the UK has passed the landmark with two years in hand.

Driven by the widespread consumer movement towards more efficient cars, the movement means the UK is well on course to reach 2020’s 95g/km target.

“The UK automotive industry should be proud of the progress it has made in improving the environmental impact of its vehicles.”

Mike Hawes, SMMT

Mike Hawes, Chief Executive of the SMMT, said: “The UK automotive industry should be proud of the progress it has made in improving the environmental impact of its vehicles.

“Average new car CO2 emissions are almost 30% lower than in 2000, boosted by increasing uptake of the most efficient engine technologies, alternatively-fuelled vehicles and the new Go Ultra Low campaign.”

Image courtesy of T.M.O.F, with thanks.

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