European Union Boosts Standards for Vehicle Efficiency - June 2013
According to the European Commission's** 'Climate Action' website,
"Road transport contributes about one-fifth of the EU's total emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), the main greenhouse gas. .."
"Following up on a European Commission strategy adopted in 2007, the EU has put in place a comprehensive legal framework to reduce CO2 emissions from new light duty vehicles..." , setting new goals for 2015 and more stringent goals for 2020.
.. " Transport is the only major sector in the EU where greenhouse gas emissions are still rising."
As stated on the website, "In terms of fuel consumption, the 2015 target is approximately equivalent to 5.6 liters per 100 km for petrol (gasoline) vehicles or 4.9 liters / 100 km for diesel vehicles. The 2020 target equates approximately to 4.1 l/100 km of petrol or 3.6 l/100 km of diesel."
In terms more commonly used in the United States, the above equates to:
Petrol (gasoline) vehicles: Miles per gallon increase from 41.9 in 2015 to 62.1 in 2020
Diesel vehicles: Miles per gallon increase from 47.9 in 2015 to 65.2 in 2020
We applaud the EU's actions as a significant step in reducing GHG emissions.
To read more about EU programs on reducing vehicle emissions, click here.
** The European Commission is the Executive Branch of the European Union (EU) government
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