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26 Aug 2008 04:08:11

Carmakers failing CO2 targets

Carmakers failing CO2 targets
Carmakers are failing to take steps to meet the European Union's targets for carbon emissions, according to an environment group keen on converting the EU into the world's first low carbon economy.

Transport and Energy (T&E) have released a study based on European Commission data that shows that many carmakers are far from meeting the target of cutting emissions to 130 grams per kilometre.

Even the best performing firms, Peugeot-Citroen and Renault are still ten and 13 per cent away from meeting the 2012 deadline respectively, the study showed.

Germany's BMW has also been taking large strides to try to meet the target, Jas Dings, T&E director told the Guardian.

He said the Bavarian motor company cut its fleet's emissions by 7.3 per cent in 2007 using its "efficient dynamics" programme.

"With the threat of legislation looming, BMW has shown that even premium carmakers can seriously reduce CO2. But the slow response of most carmakers shows that the EU needs to keep up the pressure with challenging long-term CO2 targets," he added.

While Japan's Toyota and Honda ranked fourth and fifth on the table, the country's Nissan, Mazda and Suzuki were in the bottom four.

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