Position Paper: CO2 Emissions from New Cars

April 23, 2008

T&E's response to the European Commission proposal on new car CO2 targets.

Tackling fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of new cars is the single most effective policy measure the EU can take to simultaneously address climate change, reduce dependence on oil, spur investment in low-carbon car technologies in Europe and elsewhere, and lower energy bills for European citizens.

We welcome the European Commission’s proposal to set binding fleet average CO2 standards for new cars sold in Europe, following the failure of the decade-old voluntary industry commitment. However, the proposal has some serious shortcomings that must be addressed.

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