Cutting CO2 emissions is a driving force behind the development of more fuel-efficient vehicles and cleaner-burning engines. Reduced CO2 is also a prime reason that vehicles such as hybrids and electrics have begun to capture sales across the globe. The global reduction of CO2 has been a focus of governments for quite some time now, but little progress has been made. Perhaps the lack of progress can be attributed to a lack of spending to address the problem.
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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has announced that the "cool cars" regulation has been canceled. "Cool cars" tried to reduce the need for air conditioning in new vehicles by mandating that their windows reflect or absorb a portion of the heat-producing rays from the sun.
Sure, there might be a fleet of advanced technology vehicles cruising the streets of Copenhagen this week and next for the COP 15 Copenhagen United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009, but that doesn't mean that literally tons of CO2 won't be emitted during the talks.
Changing the road tax legislation in Germany wasn't an easy thing to do. This tax is managed at the state level, but a nationwide modification will be enforced now that the German federal government has decided to give €9 billion in compensation to the states. The new road tax, like similar legislation in other European countries, is aimed at stimulating motorists to drive fuel-efficient cars. Here's how the new tax works, starting July 1st:
Last time we told you about the EU's new CO2 limits, they were almost done. Naturally, the politicians needed a bit more time to discuss them, but now it is official: the EU has new CO2 limits for cars. The numbers remain the same: automakers will have to sell an array of cars that produce an average of 130 g/km in 2015. This limit will be gradually implemented
Participants in the EU CO2 limits telenovela discussion might be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Despite industry pressures and the tour de force battle between France and Germany, the European Parliament seems to have reached something that resembles a final agreement, even though negotiations will continue this week. Currently, the final agreement looks like this: starting in 2012, average CO2 emissions from new cars will be reduced by about 18
Although the French Minister of Economy complained about the reduction in taxes when the bonus/malus system started in France, the whole scheme is only now getting some changes. How does the system work? When you purchase a car, you have to pay an additional tax (malus) if the car produces too much CO2, or you might get money back from the state (bonus) if it's below a certain amount.
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Until now, Spain was known for having a simple system to tax cars based on CO2 emissions. It's called "Impuesto de matriculación," which we can roughly translate as "registration tax." However, this tax is paid at purchase and there's no further effect during the life cycle of the vehicle. Spaniards do pay an additional tax on cars called "Impuesto de Vehíc