The European Federation for Transport and the Environment has done its own study of cars sold by European manufacturers in 2005 and found that the average
rate of 160 grams of CO2 per kilometer was down only one percent since 2004,
. This could be a problem, since the European Automobile Manufacturers Association did promise in 1998 to reduce average emissions of 140 grams of CO2 per kilometer for
by 2008. This will be tough, as
notes that the manufacturers will have to reduce CO2 emissions by 4.3 percent for each of the next three years to make good on the promise to the European Commission and the most dramatic reduction in one year was 2.9 percent in 2000. Good luck to ‘em. We’ll see how T&E’s numbers match up to the European Commission’s official numbers when they are released later this year.
[Source: Transportenvironment.org via Dieselnet.com]