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EU legislation says average CO2 emissions from new vans must be no more than 175g per km by 2017, a target that has already been well exceeded as the latest preliminary EEA data has the average at 169.2g. Companies are also on track to meet the 147g/km 2020 target. Average emissions from new vans in Portugal and Malta are already below this level.
T&E clean vehicles manager Greg Archer said: ‘T&E warned that weak vans targets were irrelevant and could easily be achieved by manufacturers. We have been proved right. The EU needs to set a 2025 target of 100g to make vans cut emissions as the same rate as cars.’
The EU market for vans is surging, growing by 18% in 2014. On average, new van emissions were 2.4% lower than in 2013. With diesel vehicles making up 97% of sales, there is a particular issue with air pollution emissions from vans.
Vans are one of the fastest growing sources of CO2 emitted from transport in Europe – they increased by 26% between 1995 and 2010 and now account for 8% of the EU’s road transport emissions. A 2012 study by TNO, an environmental consultancy, showed a 2020 target for vans, equivalent to the cars 95g target, would have to be 118g/km.