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Lifetime costs

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The Commission’s long-awaited draft legislation on the rules for public authorities to buy road vehicles came out in December, and as expected they will require all authorities in the EU to consider the lifetime cost of pollution emissions and fuel consumption. The principle of bodies such as public transport authorities paying more for vehicles that are environmentally better than cheaper options has been accepted for some time, but the new legislation proposes a harmonised EU methodology for calculating the lifecycle costs of fuel, carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons and particulate matter. One study predicts the proposed law could save up to 1.9 million tonnes of CO2 a year by 2017.

Unfair claim

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The Belgian advertising authority has condemned the Swedish car maker Saab for claiming unjustifiable environmental benefits for one of its cars. Saab has been advertising that its new ‘biopower’ car has no environmental impact, but environmental groups have threatened legal action over the claim. Official fuel consumption figures show Saab is among the worst performers on the Belgian market.

'Award' for anti-CO2 lobbying

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BMW, Daimler and Porsche have won a ‘Worst EU Lobbying Award’ for their lobbying to water down and delay the EU’s obligatory CO2 emissions targets. The awards, which are organised by a group of NGOs who monitor corporate behaviour, were voted for by 6600 people across Europe in an on-line poll. The three car companies were joint winners alongide a German nuclear power lobbying organisation.

EU's first binding rules on car CO2 emissions attacked for weakening current target

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A draft of Europe’s first ever legislation forcing car makers to emit a maximum level of carbon dioxide emissions was published in December. T&E criticised the Commission’s proposals as failing to set a new long-term target and weakening the existing target.

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