The new car CO2 emissions test is producing unreliable results making it unfit for setting vehicle taxes at the moment, new data analysed by Transport & Environment (T&E) shows. This supports the European Commission’s evidence last year that carmakers are manipulating the new WLTP test to make their emissions look worse until 2021 and thus make CO2 reduction targets in 2025 easier to comply with. Governments should hold back on basing taxes on the new test and instead prepare a more comprehensive overhaul of vehicle taxation that accelerates the uptake of electric cars, T&E said.
This paper has been prepared by T&E in response to the consultation from HM Treasury on the review into the impact of the Worldwide harmonised Light vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) on vehicle excise duty and company car tax.
Current systems of car taxation have driven a transport system dominated by privately owned, large engined cars contributing to pollution, climate change, congestion and lost urban space. T&E analysis, supported by Commission’s own modelling, shows that all new cars have to be zero emission – largely electric – from early 2030s to be in line with the Paris climate goals, and their numbers, as well as kilometres driven, have to reduce to cut energy demand and make cities clean and liveable. To respond to these challenges a wholesale reform of vehicle taxation systems is urgently needed.
The British government has unveiled a new clean air ‘strategy’ aimed at improving air quality in the UK’s urban areas. T&E has said the plan is eye-catching in some respects but essentially just repeats policies that have failed to clean up transport in the past.
A new law to cut carbon emissions from new cars and vans by 15% in 2025 and 37.5% (vans 31%) in 2030, compared to 2021 levels, was today approved by the European Parliament’s environment committee. The European federation of transport NGOs, Transport & Environment (T&E), said that while the targets are an improvement on the European Commission’s weak original proposal, they fall well below what’s needed to meet the goals of the Paris climate agreement – which would require the last car with an engine to be sold by the early 2030s.
The UK government’s new air pollution plan simply repeats existing plans that have failed to clean up transport – instead of proposing effective new emissions controls, sustainable transport group Transport & Environment (T&E) has said. The Clean Air Strategy published today does not even set out when nitrogen dioxide (NOx) limits – which are widely breached in British cities and should have been met in 2010 – will be achieved. Diesel cars are the main source of NOx emissions in urban areas.
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After five rounds and 27 long hours of negotiations, the EU agreed a new car CO2 deal that will cut new car emissions by 15% in 2025 and 37.5% in 2030. This is good news, especially considering where we started.
Carmakers will be required to reduce the carbon emissions of new cars they sell in Europe by 15% in 2025 and 37.5% in 2030. The CO2 reduction targets, based on 2021 levels, were agreed in the last round of talks between the Austrian Presidency, European Parliament and the European Commission this week after 27 hours of negotiations. T&E welcomed the deal, which will improve fuel economy for consumers, but it warned that the targets are well below what’s needed to meet the goals of the Paris climate agreement.
The shift to electric cars could create more than twice as many new jobs as the number that will be lost by the demise of the internal combustion engine. That is the main finding of a study by the European Association of Electrical Contractors (AIE) into the employment impact of a move to e-vehicles. The main beneficiaries will be people working for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).