27 Jul 2011 08:07:01
Car industry 'on track to meet emissions targets'
The automobile industry is on track to meet its 2015 CO2
targets, with average emissions dropping below 140 grams per kilometre of CO2
for the first time ever last month.
According to Nikki Rooke, head of communications at SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders), average new car emissions sat at 138.9g/km in June.
This represents a fall of 23 percent since the year 2000 and a drop on the average for 2010, which was 144.2g/km of CO2
By 2020, European Union rules dictate new cars must have average emissions of 130g/km and this figure sinks even further to 95g/km by 2020.
"Industry is firmly on course to meet the 2015 EU emission targets through the introduction of all-new vehicles, featuring innovative technologies," Ms Rooke said.
However, uptake of these new vehicles among Brits is still low, according to recent research from the RAC Foundation.
It found just 215 ultra low emissions cars were purchased under the government's Plug-In Car Grant between April and June, a fall on the 465 bought during the first three months of the year.