07 Jan 2008 04:01:08
Car manufacturers 'still failing' to tackle climate change
Car companies are not doing enough to reduce the carbon emissions produced by the new vehicle they manufacture, according to a leading environmental charity.
Commenting in the wake of new figures revealing that the average carbon emissions from new cars only fell by 1.4 per cent last year, Friends of the Earth called on car manufacturers to do more to reduce their environmental impact.
The charity's senior transport campaigner, Tony Bosworth, warned that the European car industry is likely to miss voluntary targets it set in 1997 aiming to reduce the carbon emissions produced by new cars to less than 140 grams per kilometre before 2008.
"Today's figures show another year of poor progress in cutting new car emissions. Average emissions have fallen slightly, but nowhere near the levels required and the industry will miss its 2008 emissions target by a mile," Mr Bosworth said.
"Car companies must do much more to tackle climate change, instead of fighting tooth and nail against new EU proposals. What we need is more action and less self-interested lobbying," he added.
According to figures provided by Friends of the Earth, over the past ten years the UK has reduced its carbon emissions from new cars from 189.8 to 164.9 grams per kilometre.