CO2 emissions from cars and vans continue on downward trend

Brussels, 30 April 2014 - According to the figures published by the European Environment Agency today, in 2013, average passenger car fleet emissions were 127g CO2/km compared to 186g CO2/km in 1995 - a 31.7% decrease over the period. This is the result of the long-term efforts of the automobile industry, which have been sustained both with and without legislation.

“Thanks to huge efforts by European automobile manufacturers and billions of euros worth of investment in R&D, Europe’s passenger cars and light commercial vehicles are the cleanest in the world,” stated Erik Jonnaert, Secretary General of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA).

It is clear that CO2 emissions from passenger cars and light commercial vehicles need to continue on their downward trend, and the industry is committed to this. However, because the most cost-efficient actions have already been taken, delivering on that aim requires ever greater technical investments to achieve lesser reductions.

Today, the automobile sector is on the right path to bringing down CO2 emissions to the levels required by the regulations. “It should be noted that the legislation sets targets which become effective from one day to the next. Obviously, manufacturers have to start the process of reaching the targets well in advance. This means that, by the nature of the legislation, a certain degree of 'over-achievement' is necessary on route to meeting the targets," explained Mr Jonnaert.

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Notes for editors

ACEA’s members are BMW Group, DAF Trucks, Daimler, FIAT SpA, Ford of Europe, General Motors Europe, Hyundai Motor Europe, IVECO SpA, Jaguar Land Rover, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Renault Group, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen Group, Volvo Cars, Volvo Group. More information can be found on www.acea.be.

Facts about the EU automobile industry

  • Some 12.9 million people - or 5.3% of the EU employed population - work in the sector.
  • The 3 million jobs in automotive manufacturing represent 10% of EU's manufacturing employment.
  • Motor vehicles account for €387 billion in tax contribution in the EU15.
  • The sector is also a key driver of knowledge and innovation, representing Europe's largest private contributor to R&D, with €32 billion invested annually.
  • The automotive sector contributes significantly to the EU trade balance with a €95.7 billion surplus.

For more information, please contact Cara McLaughlin, cm@acea.be, +32 2 738 73 45