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10 Jun 2011 10:06:10

Whole-life vehicle CO2 emissions should be measured

Whole-life vehicle CO2 emissions should be measured
Whole-life CO2 emissions should be taken into account when measuring the low carbon credentials of a vehicle, a new study has suggested.

Conducted by the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP), the research found some of the CO2 savings from green cars were offset during the production process.

This is due to the fact that they create higher emissions during manufacture than conventional vehicles, however, low carbon options do produce less CO2 during their lifetime.

The increase in the number of cars using alternative fuels was said to be driving the need for a system for measuring whole-life carbon emissions, which would allow for greater comparability between models.

WWF has previously said over six million electric vehicles will be needed in the UK by 2030 if carbon reduction targets are to be met.

Greg Archer, managing director of the LowCVP, said it is "entirely feasible" such a system could be devised, like that which already exists for measuring the lifetime CO2 emissions of biofuels.

"However, it does require effort to be directed now, at agreeing how this should be done consistently at an EU, or possibly global level," he added. ADNFCR-1235-ID-800574381-ADNFCR

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