The SMMT has produced its New Car CO2 Report for 2016. The main points contained in this document can be summarised as follows:
2015 New Car CO2 Emissions
In 2015 average new car CO2 emissions in the UK fell to a new low of 121.4g/km, a 26.4% drop on 2007 (pre-recession performance) and a 2.6% reduction on 2014.
UK New Car Emissions Against EU Target
The UK’s 2015 performance was 6.6% below the pan-EU 2015 target of 130g/km. However, progression of 4.8% per annum is necessary to achieve the EU’s 2021 target of 95g/km.
Plug-in Vehicle Uptake Grows, but Needs On-Going Support to Meet Targets
Registrations of pure electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles rose by 94% on 2014 to account for more than 1% of the total market, while the alternatively fuelled vehicle (including hybrids) market share reached a new high of 2.8%. However, there is a signifi cant gap between this and the government’s
ambition of a 60% share of the market for pure and plug-in electric vehicles by 2030.
Importance of Diesels in Meeting the CO2 Targets
Diesel cars can emit up to 20% less CO2 than a petrol car. Therefore any measures that undermine diesel uptake could erode the industry’s ability to meet its 2021 95g/km target.
Total CO2 Emissions from all Cars in Use
CO2 emissions from all cars in use have been reduced by over 15% since 2007. Emissions have been cut despite the rise in vehicle use and the number of vehicles on the roads.
This performance reflects new, lower emitting vehicles entering the market place.
Uptake of New Technologies Key to Greening the Fleet
New cars are, on average, around 20% lower CO2 emitting than the average car in use. Speeding up the rate of renewal in the fleet will help lower emissions from all vehicles in use, as well as delivering ever-safer and lower-polluting vehicles.
To view the whole of the SMMT Report, click on the link below.