The European Commission has proposed that the average
new car in the European Union should limit carbon dioxide
(CO2) emissions at 130gm per km by 2012 from 163gm at
the proposals are approved by EU governments, these
will be the world's toughest controls on greenhouse
with increased use of bio fuels and other technological
advances, the emission levels could well be limited
to an average 120 gm/km, the EC said.
EC said the change is essential for meeting EU targets
for reducing emissions under the Kyoto protocol to combat
climate change. EC had even tougher measures in mind
but the proposals had to be watered down following fierce
lobbying by carmakers, who said the move will drive
up car prices and cost jobs.
proposals have also created a rift between producers
of small cars in Southern Europe and Germany's luxury
car-dominated industry. The disagreement could hamper
legislation as industry across countries demanding relaxations.
Carmakers, in fact, have warned of mass migration of
car industry jobs out of Europe.
Tensions have risen among carmakers like France's PSA
Peugeot Citroën and Renault, as well as Fiat of
Italy complaining that Germany is using its EU presidency
to advance its car industry interests. The three produce
some of Europe's lowest-emission cars and want luxury
car producers like DaimlerChrysler and BMW to share
the burden of cutting emissions.
and environment authorities welcomed the proposals while
car manufactures were skeptical about the deadline.
announcement finally recognises, ten years late, that
regulation is needed on CO2 emissions just as it is
on safety and other forms of air pollution from cars,"
said Jos Dings, director of environmental group Transport
we have not seen the Commission's communication, we
share the objective of reducing CO2 emissions from passenger
cars. Any new target below 140gm/km, coming so soon
after 2009, will represent a very challenging task for
carmakers. Therefore, we see this as a responsibility
to be shared with all stakeholders," Toyota Motor
Europe said in a statement.
"The European ambition, overall we support it..The
move to the ecological car of the future is a key pillar
of PSA's future," said PSA Peugeot Citroen CEO
scaling back its proposals on CO2 emissions from cars,
the Commission has once again confirmed that the bottom
line of the German car industry takes priority over
tackling climate change ... At least the proposal has
not abandoned the principle of binding limits to hold
the industry responsible for its emissions -- the voluntary
approach clearly failed to stop the industry from rolling
gas guzzlers," a Renault spokesman said, adding,
"The CO2 proposals would cost carmakers on average
an extra 3,000 euros per vehicle and it remained to
be seen how that extra cost would be borne out."